Bow thrusters

Tug boats and work boats work in extremely demanding environments. Rapid and accurate manoeuvring is therefore a must. Working closely with Kalkman Scheepstechniek, a leading manufacturer of bow thruster systems, WK Hydraulics supplies the hydraulic drives for these systems.

The WK Hydraulics/Kalkman combination makes power levels up to 1,100 kW in both retractable and tunnel or cross-pipe systems possible. WK Hydraulics uses ‘closed’ hydraulic systems for systems of this nature in virtually all cases. The most notable advantage of this type of hydraulic system is the short response time following a joystick command, and the almost immediate availability of maximum power on the bow thruster.