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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