The Pioneers of Steerable Propulsion

Hydromaster are proud to carry the legacy of this revolutionary concept.

Valued for its sturdy fully-mechanical design, Hydromaster propels hundreds of ferries, barges and pontoons worldwide everyday – from remote locations with no support facilities to the demanding environments of marine contractors and the armed forces.

At Hydromaster we continue to maintain the original design, unique for its simplicity and durability. At the same time, we’re investing in innovative solutions and applying the latest insights and technologies, with the ultimate goal of providing our clients with the best possible solutions.

Our Story

Originating during the late 1930s, steerable thrusters were first operated on a grand scale on US pontoon barges and ferries hopping islands in the Pacific.

Later on, they were extensively used by the allied forces during the Normandy landings on landing crafts, so-called Rhino ferries, and at a later stage installed on pontoons to cross rivers in mainland Europe.

In the early 1950s, a license was issued to the United Kingdom, from which Hydromaster was born. We spent the following decades building 360 degrees steerable thrusters on this revolutionary technology. 

Azimuth propulsion units delivered Cochin, India

Eight Ropax boats in Cochin are propelled by two Hydromaster Series 3 deck mounted azimuth propulsion units⁣

Successful delivery to UK Ministry of Defence

Successful delivery of three Hydromaster deck mounted azimuth propulsion systems, through Babcock International, to the UK, Ministry of Defence.⁣

Hydromaster in Spie Batignolles, France

Hydromaster commissioned a Series 4 Deck Mounted Azimuth Propulsion unit for a transport barge of Spie Batignolles in France. The unit was installed and successfully commissioned in the port of Boulogne sur Mer.