Voith Schneider Propeller VSP
The Intelligent Propulsion System for Safe Shipping
The Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) combines propulsion and steering in one unit. This unique vessel propulsion solution was developed 90 years ago by Austrian engineer Ernst Schneider. Today, Voith Schneider Propellers are in use all over the world wherever precise, safe and efficient maneuvering is of the essence.
With the new electric Voith Schneider Propeller (eVSP), we are making an important step towards the electrification of the drive train in marine applications to facilitate an more eco-friendly shipping.
The VSP principle
The VSP principle is strikingly simple and fascinating at the same time
With the VSP, magnitude and direction of thrust can be set steplessly and as necessary. A circular disk with movable and controllable blades installed at a 90 degree angle to the disk rotates at the vessel bottom.
The magnitude of thrust is determined by the rotational speed of the disk; the blade angle determines the direction of thrust. VSP is a perfect propulsion system for precise maneuvering, even under adverse conditions.
Wide range of applications
Voith provides propulsion systems tailored to a wide range of applications
Discover the new electric Voith Schneider Propeller
Setting a new course
The electric Voith Schneider Propeller (eVSP) combines all advantages of the VSP with the electric motor of the Voith Inline Thruster. The result is a reliable, energy-efficient, environmentally friendly and compact drive unit that is optimized for offshore and ferry applications as well as for use in tugs. Like the conventional VSP, the eVSP achieves maximum thrust in all directions – infinitely variable and with maximum precision.
The powerful, directly integrated electric motor (PM motor) delivers high torque and fast response, without any gears. It thus ensures a more direct and almost loss-free conversion of the electrical drive power into thrust and keeps noise-emissions to a minimum. Due to its low maintenance requirements, follow-up costs for the robust electric propeller are dramatically reduced.
Do you want more information about the electric Voith Schneider Propeller?
Then set up an appointment with one of our product experts and learn more about the advantages and application possibilities of the new eVSP.
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iVSP: Controlling a virtual Voith Schneider Propeller
With the help of the iVSP (Interactive Voith Schneider Propeller) program you can experience for yourself how a Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP) actually works.
We’ve completely redesigned the iVSP app and added features that make the Voith Schneider Propeller even more realistic in 3D.
In addition, Version 2.1 offers a completely new training mode. A typical docking procedure is simulated by positioning the ship in a marked field within a specified time.
Other new features include:
- The user interface now has updated functionality that makes the iVSP app easier to use.
- Steer like the captain of a VSP tug in the new Free Driving Mode. You can try out the maneuvers that are possible with this innovative drive.
- Are you skilled enough to drive a VSP tug? Find out and master the course in Simulation Training.
- Compare your results with friends and colleagues on the high score list.
- Switch at any time from 3D into the views that show the motion or hydrodynamic forces. These show exactly what happens when you operate the VSP in real life.
Download the latest version of the iVSP application and discover new features!
Controlling a virtual Voith Schneider Propeller
Viewers can play captain by using their mouse to control an on-screen steering wheel and lever or, alternatively, an on-screen joystick. The virtual VSP reacts immediately and visibly to any change in rudder or driving pitch. A kinematic or hydrodynamic viewing option illustrates the actual VSP operation. The relevant forces are shown by arrows in different colors.
The maneuvers performed by the ship are displayed in the upper right hand part of the screen. A Voith Water Tractor (VWT) can be watched during its maneuvers from a bird's eye perspective (a camera linked to the VWT). The compass in the right-hand corner indicates the sailing direction.
Our Service - Part of Your Business
The tailored service offered by Voith covers all your individual needs in detail. This service – directly from the manufacturer – ensures maximum availability of your Voith vessel propulsion systems. This will have a positive effect on the value of your investment. Our experienced service team will assist you with any questions you may have.Learn more
The North Sea Giant, to date the largest and most powerful vessel that Voith has equipped with its unique propulsion system, the Voith Schneider Propeller (VSP), spent seven weeks in the floating dock in Hamburg for the service overhaul of the five VSPs. The team painstakingly worked through a total of 1,705 work steps from the project schedule.Learn more