With record results and an impressive order book, the future is looking very bright for Van der Velden® Marine Systems. The company’s overall turnover in its three divisions – Yachting, Seagoing vessels and Inland shipping – tripled over 2006. Already renowned for its rudders and steering gear, Van der Velden’s profile in the super yacht industry has been significantly enhanced by the success of its revolutionary EPS™ thrusters.
The last financial year was a very successful one for the Yachting division of Van der Velden® Marine Systems. Turnover rose by nearly 50% and the order book increased by 35% to 6.4 million euros. The prognosis for 2007 is equally good, and will benefit from the further enhancement of the division’s Sales and Research & Development teams.
Product innovation is ongoing and has helped Van der Velden’s BARKE® rudder become a familiar sight on top super yachts. The recent optimisation and upgrading of the company’s boarding equipment has also been very well received by the market and has translated into increased sales. But it is the ongoing success of the EPS™ thrusters that is receiving global attention.
Winner of the DAME Award at METS 2005 and the 2006 Dutch Maritime Innovation Award, the silent EPS™ thruster represents a breakthrough in the fields of noise levels, low weight, space saving and comfort. Owners and naval architects also benefit in terms of power-performance, robustness and environmental friendliness. The EPS™ is available in five inner diameters (450, 550, 650, 800, 1050) and 12 different power ratings (from 22 to 295 kW). A compact retractable version is also available, designed to suit the specific needs of sailing yachts.
“In addition to serving as an auxiliary bow and stern thruster, the wide range of benefits offered by the EPS™ opens up many other applications,” comments Van der Velden Technical Director, Edwin van Buren. “We are currently looking at a fully retractable propulsion system for use onboard larger sailing yachts (leaving the hull undisturbed when sailing). Vertically adjustable propellers based on the EPS™ could offer advantages for vessels operating in shallow waters, allowing the propellers of inland and coastal vessels to stay fully submerged regardless of load.
“There has been enormous interest in the EPS™ from the worldwide yachting industry and beyond. Our R&D team is working around the clock to meet demands. An azimuthing version will be released soon and the emphasis is now on the completion of a 360-degree rotatable version that will serve as an propulsion system. The combination of EPS™ thrusters with Dynamic Positioning Systems is also high on the agenda.”