Kawasaki Integrated Control System (KICS)

Kawasaki Integrated Control System (KICS)

KICS is an integrated control system for operating multiple vessel devices like controllable pitch propellers, azimuth thrusters, side thrusters, rudders, etc.

Harnessing Kawasaki's control technology expertise in the field aviation and beyond, KICS is a line of state-of-the-art control systems employed by ferries, supply boats, cable layers, fishing boats and more.

It integrates the control of multiple vessel devices via the simple operation of a joystick and heading control dial. KICS can be linked to different navigational devices, enabling operators to incorporate anything from a dynamic positioning system (DPS) designed to automatically maintain a vessel's position and heading to an autopilot function that navigates a vessel along a charted course.

On top of automatically setting blade and rudder angles as well as r.p.m. to optimal levels for maximum vessel performance, it also saves energy.

Features and Product Lineup

KICS incorporates years of engineering experience and technological expertise in shipbuilding, propulsion and control systems. Optimal system engineering delivers optimal control of the entire vessel. Experienced in every facet of marine propulsion systems, Kawasaki draws from an extensive technological tool box to provide comprehensive support services for the entire system, including propulsors.


  • Dynamic positioning (meets DPS class 1, 2 and 3 requirements)
  • Autopilot
  • Can be combined with cable laying, fish-finding, or other special devices
  • Integrated joystick and auto heading control
  • Integrated mode or single mode


  • Entirely controlled via joystick
  • Automatic heading control
  • Integrated mode or single mode

Sample system configuration (KICS-5000)

Sample system configuration (KICS-5000)

KICS can pick up a range of ship motion data when incorporated with a gyrocompass, positioning system, vane anemometer, log, or other navigational devices. The system quickly calculates and automatically adjusts blade angles and revolution of multiple propulsors as well as the rudder angle to their optimal settings in light of wind, wave and other environmental conditions.

Example of System Construction


Kyushu Kyuko Ferry Co., Ltd.
Application of Joystick
control system

Shin Nihonkai Ferry Co., Ltd."Yukari"
Application of Joystick
control system

Osaka City
Fire fighting vessel
Application of Dynamic positioning system and Auto-tracking system

Ipponmatsu transport Co., Ltd.
Cable Layer "Tenzan"
Application of Dynamic positioning system and Auto-tracking system


Service Locations

Main Office

Kobe Works
Marine Machinery Sales Dept.

1-1, Higashi-Kawasaki-cho
3-chome, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-
8670, Japan
Parts Sales Section
Tel: +81-78-682-5321/ Fax: +81-78-682-5549
E-mail : marine-machinery-sales-e@khi.co.jp
Tokyo Head Office
Marine Machinery Sales Dept.

14-5, Kaigan 1-chome, Minatoku,
Tokyo 105-8315, Japan
Overseas Sales Section
Tel: +81-3-3435-2374/ Fax: +81-3-3435-2022

Regional Key Contact Point

The Netherlands
Kawasaki Heavy Industries
(Europe) B.V.
Tel:+31-20-6446869/ Fax:+31-20-6425725
E-mail: diesel@keb.nl
Hong Kong, China
Kawasaki Heavy Industries
(H.K.) Ltd.
Tel:+852-2522-3560/ Fax:+852-2845-2905
E-mail: khi_hk@khihk.com.hk
Kawasaki Heavy Industries
(Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
Tel:+65-6225-5133/ Fax:+65-6224-9029
E-mail: cs3_info@khi.co.jp
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Kawasaki Machinery
do Brasil Maquinas e
Equipamentos Ltda.
(Rio de Janeiro Office)

Tel:+55-21-2226-3938 / Fax:+55-21-2225-3613
E-mail: service@kawasakijuko.com.br

Overseas Office

Beijing, China
Beijing Office
Tel:+86-10-6505-1350 / Fax:+86-10-6505-1351
Shanghai, China
Kawasaki Heavy Industries Management (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Tel:+86-21-3366-3100 / Fax:+86-21-3366-3108
Taipei, Taiwan
Taipei Office
Tel:+886-2-2322-1752 / Fax:+886-2-2322-5009
Delhi, India
Delhi Office
Tel:+91-11-4358-3531 / Fax:+91-11-4358-3532
Moscow, Russia
Moscow Office
Tel:+7-495-258-2115 / Fax:+7-495-258-2116
New York, USA
Kawasaki Heavy Industries(USA), Inc.
Tel:+1-917-475-1195 / Fax:+1-917-475-1392
Houston, USA
Kawasaki Heavy Industries (USA), Inc.
(Houston Branch)
Tel:+1-713-654-8981 / Fax:+1-713-654-8187
Dubai, UAE
Kawasaki Heavy Industries Middle East FZE
Tel:+971-4-214-6730 / Fax:+971-4-214-6729
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Kawasaki Machinery do Brasil Maquinas e Equipamentos Ltda.
Tel:+55-11-3266-3318 / Fax:+55-11-3289-2788

Service Station

  • Ravensburg, Germany
    Andritz Hydro GmbH
  • Wilhelmshaven, Germany
    Turbo-Technik Reparature-Werft GmbH & Co. KG
  • Zaltbommel, The Netherlands
    Promac BV
  • Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Wetering Rotterdam
  • Ridderkerk, The Netherlands
    Nabmic b.v. Netherlands (Remote Control System)
  • Singapore
    Polestar Marine Consultants Pte. Ltd.
  • Singapore
    Nabtesco Marine Service Singapore Pte Ltd. (Remote Control System)
  • Busan, Korea
    Hasung Marine Corp.
  • Busan, Korea
    Jonghap Maritime Inc.
  • Busan, Korea
    Plus Engineering Co.Ltd.
  • Shanghai, China
    Shanghai Wenyuan Marine Equipment Co.Ltd.
  • Dalian, China
    Dalian Wanfang Marine Technology Co.Ltd.
  • Mumbai, India
    Ind-Aust Maritime Pvt.Ltd.
  • Seatle, USA
    NW Propeller OperationsInc.
  • Dubai, UAE
    Albwardy Marine Engineering L.L.C
  • Sharjah, UAE
    Technology Ventures Middle East FZC
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Naproservice Offshore Estaleiros do Brasil Ltda.
  • Itajai SC, Brazil
    Detroit Brasil Ltda.
  • Santos, Brazil
    Metalock Brasil Ltda.



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Tel. +81-3-3435-2374