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July 2010 WORK BOAT WORLD
HRP Thruster Systems b.v.
P.O. Box 2020
2930 AA Krimpen aan de Lek
Telephone +31 (0)180 33 10 00
+31 (0)180 33 10 99
HRP develops cutting-edge
technology for reliable steerable
thruster systems up to 2400 kW
while working in close co-operation
with you as a client to best serve
your individual needs.
The Sleipner name has become synonymous with high quality
marine manufacturing since 1908, when the company formed
in the south of Norway and specialised in the manufacture of
marine engines and steering equipment.
Due to Norway's coastline and archipelago being made up of
small island communities, there was much trade associated with
boats, ships and the sea, and the original Sleipner business grew
into an established and formidable manufacturer and supplier, at
one stage even investing in its own foundry on site.
Having moved to Fredrikstad in 1912, it was not until much
later, around the mid 1980s, when the decision was made to focus
the company's energy and considerable resources into thruster
technology for the commercial shipping market and the emerging
interest in thrusters from the pleasure boat market.
In particular, as pleasure boats were growing increasingly
larger, thrusters were seen as a way of making boating easier, safer
and generally more accessible to more people. Furthermore, as an
already established engineering based company, the Sleipner
Motor factory, the equipment and the workforce found their skills
and expertise would be easily transferable to this new and
With well over 100,000 units put into service since 1985,
today's Sleipner Motor is a thriving marine business with a
worldwide distribution network. The company employs around
100 staff and has its own production facilities in Norway and
Sweden and its own sales companies in Norway, Sweden and the
UK. Sleipner Group turnover in 2009 was approximately NOK 275
million (US$51 million).
Sleipner's two new large thrusters -- SH1000 and SH1400
which cater for vessels from 30m to around 52m length -- can be
produced and supplied more efficiently and more cost-effectively
than equivalent products from many of its competitors, who are
simply not as "at home" with the manufacturing process.
The SH1000 delivers 1,000kg of thrust in a 513mm
inside-diameter tunnel, while the SH1400 delivers 1,400kg of
thrust in a 610mm inside-diameter tunnel. Both thrusters are
fitted with counter-rotating bronze Q-prop five-bladed "skew"
propellers, which are highly energy efficient and have very silent
Both models are fully type-approved by Det Norske Veritas, and
can be delivered in two versions; either hydraulically powered or
via AC electric motor. The thruster systems are controlled by the
S-link "intelligent" control system, benefitting from all of the
advantages of a bus-based digital control system.
For further information contact:
Sleipner, Norway. Web: www.side-power.com
Sleipner's Side-Power thrusters continue to thrive after 100 years
The Sleipner Side-Power SH1000 and SH1400 thrusters
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