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TC-600 - Thruster Control System


TC-500 thruster control system with thruster levers
TC-600 Thruster Control System is highly modular and can be configured for mechanical and electric propulsion as well as all types of thrusters.

The TC-600 Thruster Control System is highly modular system that can be configured for mechanical and electric propulsion as well as all types of thrusters. The Thruster Control system can operate as a stand-alone electric tunnel thruster, to complement the AutoChief®600 remote control system or similar main propulsion control system, or can be completely integrated with the AutoChief®600 remote control system.

Control panel

The TC-600 Control Panel is designed for ease of operation. An advanced, yet simple to use multifunction controller gives access to all system functions. Information is provided only when needed to keep operation simple.

A colour display presents key information graphically to the operator. Main variables such as RPM, pitch, engine state etc. are always available. The system can be integrated with our K-Chief 600 marine automation system.


To facilitate remote control levers are located on the bridge next to the Control Panel. Several single levers or a dual lever can be installed to operate multiple bow or aft tunnel thrusters.

Local control box

Primary control will be performed using the operator panel located on the bridge. However, the thrusters can also be controlled using operator panels located in the thruster compartments.

Distributed processing units

The system uses reliable, ruggedized single board Distributed Processing Units. All signals to and from the engine are transmitted on dual redundant CAN lines (bus on engine). This principle drastically reduces the installation and cabling cost.

Main features

  • Dual/redundant field bus (CAN)
  • Signal interfacing to sensors and actuators
  • Alarm detection and process control
  • Time stamping of alarms and events
  • Direct mounting on engine is possible
  • Design focused on EMC compatibility
  • Three-way isolation

Distributed Processing Units are installed in the Local Control Box and designed to be easily replaceable units.

Type approved by

Designed in accordance with the requirements of: DNV, LRS, BV, GL, RINA, NKK, ABS, KR, PRS, CRS (Croatia), MRS (Russia), ZC (China)