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How to select propulsion system for high-speed vessels?

This guide is for maritime professionals aiming to improve operational performance and cost-effectiveness. It is written for high-speed vessels such as:

  • Fast ferries
  • Workboats
  • Multipurpose-vessels
  • Yachts
  • Sightseeing/tourism vessels
  • Patrol vessels

The guide outlines seven important performance parameters: Economy, environment, versatility, reliability, safety, adaptability and comfort. Furthermore, it discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the three most common types of propulsion systems:

  • Water Jet
  • Fixed Pitch Propeller (FPP)
  • Controlled Pitch Propeller (CPP)

This guide gives general recommendations on what aspects to prioritize, based on typical operational profiles.


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The propulsion system of any vessel is considered an important investment; it can increase the ability to compete in the market , improve effectiveness and reduce operational costs.

- Torleif Stokke, VP Business Development

Torleif Stokke
VP Business Development



Torleif holds a bachelor’s degree in marine technology with aspecialization in ship building from UiB. He has previously held positions such as Product and General Manger in Wartsila.

Torleif has had several roles in Servogear since 2011. From 2013 to July 2021, he was the Managing Director of Servogear. Torleif has spent all his working life within the maritime business, and most of the time related to propulsion, in various positions.

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