Side Thruster

Side Thruster

Since 1965, when Kawasaki started manufacturing side thrusters, they have been adopted as a motive force and well received for use in just about every kind of vessel, from cargo carriers and ferries to offshore ships.

Kawasaki side thrusters, developed by applying extensive world-class performance, contribute to the global shipping and marine industry.

Our side thrusters are designed to achieve smooth, cost-efficient and safe offshore operation when entering and leaving ports or in narrow waterways thanks to safe maneuverability and a dynamic positioning system.


Extensive product line

  • Wide range of input power to meet virtually any vessel specifications
    Input power: up to 4,000 kW

Compact design

  • The side thruster can be installed closer to the vessel’s fore and aft end, increasing the distance between the thruster and the vessel’s center of gravity and thus increasing the vessel’s turning moment.

Low vibration and low noise

  • A skewed propeller design and vortex eliminator minimize vibration and noise.

Easy maintenance

  • Thruster or propeller blades can be removed inside the tunnel for easy inspection and maintenance.

Can be linked to any prime mover

  • Can be used with virtually any type of motor, including a 60Hz or 50Hz electric motor, engine, or hydraulic motor

Can be integrated with a dynamic positioning system (DPS)

  • Built tough enough to withstand long periods of continuous operation in vessels outfitted with a DPS

Low noise double wall tunnel (optional)

  • Double tunnel structure made of special material reduces thruster noise

Remote controller variations

  • Portable controller for Wing
  • Panel for Wing
  • Touch-screen controller (Enables several thrusters to be controlled on one screen)
Remote controller variations
Touch-screen remote controller

Sample Installation

Sample Installation


7800TEU Container Ship
Side Thruster x 1
SK Shipping Co., Ltd.
"SK Supreme"
138000CBM LNG Ship
Side Thruster x 1
Taiheiyo Ferry Co., Ltd.
Passenger Car Ferry
Side Thrusterr x 3
CPP x 2


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 :
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
Hong Kong, China
Kawasaki Heavy Industries
(H.K.) Ltd.
Tel:+852-2522-3560/ Fax:+852-2845-2905
Kawasaki Heavy Industries
(Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
Tel:+65-6225-5133/ Fax:+65-6224-9029
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

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.



If you need more information about our business,
please feel free to contact us.
Tel. +81-3-3435-2374