MAY 12, 2014 —Woodinville, WA, based WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics) reports that a V2-12 commercial bow thruster performing well as part of the propulsion equipment of the 60-ft Turkish research vessel Beluga.
The vessel is carrying out deep water research assignments related to gas and electric pipe and cable line installations and is working in areas around the Bosporus Straits, the Sea of Marmara, along the west coast of Turkey and in the South Mediterranean Sea between Turkey and Cyprus.
Maneuvering and steering a research vessel in these waters calls for a powerful, quick-to-respond bow thruster. That is what brought Beluga's owners. Derinsu Underwater Engineering Company of Turkey to WESMAR dealer Ezberci Marine of Tuzla, Istanbul.
Ezberci knew the powerful and rugged, all stainless steel design of the dual prop, counter rotating WESMAR bow thruster would give the research vessel the best control available during its critical deep water research.
The WESMAR system has been in service for more than 18 months and Mr. Kemal Ozyurt, ocean underwater engineer for Derinsu Underwater Engineering says: "The WESMAR thruster has exceeded my expectations and I am very thankful to WESMAR and Ezberci Marine, WESMAR's dealer in Turkey, who installed the thruster along with an electro-hydraulic power pack, to accommodate the vessel's limited space and limited power source caused by the extensive research equipment on board."
Mr. Ozyurt says the thruster is in continuous use during search operations.
WESMAR thrusters come in sizes from 5 to 500 horsepower and have a powerful, all stainless steel dual prop counter rotating design that provides up to 40 percent more thrust without using additional space. They are in use around the world on fire boats, research boats, search and rescue boats, ferry boats, and on all types of offshore delivery boats.