Rolls-Royce to supply Azimuth thrusters to China-built tugs

Power systems provider Rolls-Royce has received orders worth around £18m for the supply of Azimuth thrusters to power 18 tugs being built in China.

Qingdao and Yingkou Ports will take delivery of 12 new tugs, four of which will have 6,000kW installed power, while Tangshan and Tangshan Cao Feidian Ports, located in the He Bei province of Northern China, have also placed orders for a total of six tugs.

The 18 vessels will all be equipped with two Rolls-Royce Azimuth thrusters, which comprise an electric motor and propeller that can be rotated horizontally in any direction to manoeuvre the vessel without need for a rudder.

All 12 tugs ordered by Qingdao port and Yingkou port will be built at the Zhenjiang shipyard in Jiangsu province.