Thrustmaster Appoints Sales Manager of Thrustmaster Middle East

Thrustmaster of Texas, a world leader in the design and manufacturing of marine thruster systems, has appointed Bart Vonk as Sales Manager of Thrustmaster Middle East FZE, based out of Dubai. “What sets [Thrustmaster] apart in the marine propulsion industry is their dedication to quality and the commitment to treating customers as their business partners,” […]


U.S. Congressman Ted Poe Visits Thrustmaster’s Factory

U.S. Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) visited Thrustmaster’s Houston, TX based factory Wednesday, August 18th for a tour of the largest thruster factory in the world. Thrustmaster is working alongside Amegy bank to raise awareness about Ex-Im bank financing and the important role it plays in contributing to the competitiveness of small to medium sized businesses on a […]


Thrustmaster First to equip Z-Drives with Mechanical Fuses for Inland Waterway Operation

Thrustmaster Mechanical Fuse on Z-drives PDF Article – For more than 30 years, Thrustmaster has been building brown water propulsion equipment to excel in even the harshest operating environments. As a highlight of Thrustmaster’s efforts to safeguard our products and exceed expectations in the most demanding conditions, our American-made Z-Drive thrusters for towboats operating in the […]


Sea Supply, Inc. Crewboat Equipped with 2 Thrustmaster Tunnel Thrusters

Lady Tierney, a 205-foot monohull DP-2 crew supply vessel, has been delivered for Sea Supply, Inc., a B&J Martin Inc. subsidiary, of Galliano, Louisiana. With design expertise from Incat Crowther’s Lafayette, La. office, combined with concept design and standards from the Morgan City, La. based Halimar Shipyard and the vessel owner, the ABS-classed, USCG-certified vessel […]

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Thrustmaster Appoints General Manager of Thrustmaster Asia Pacific Pte Ltd.

Thrustmaster of Texas, a world leader in the design and manufacturing of marine thruster systems, has appointed Joshua Song as General Manager of  Thrustmaster Asia Pacific Pte Ltd. Thrustmaster Asia Pacific is based out of Singapore – the world’s leading hub for international and regional shipping with over 5,000 maritime companies. “Thrustmaster manufactures L-Drive azimuthing thrusters for drillships, […]


SDSV with Thrustmaster Tunnel Thrusters for DP Operations in Brazilian Offshore Waters

Sistac Victoria, a purpose-built, RINA-classed, DP-2 monohull shallow dive support vessel (SDSV) was recently delivered for service in Brazilian offshore waters. The vessel was designed by Incat Crowther in collaboration with the vessel’s builder, SeaSafe Barcos Manufacturados S.A. in Angra dos Reis, Brazil for Sistac Sistemas De Acesso S.A. The Sistac Victoria’s aft working deck […]


Thrustmaster’s Z-Drives Making Waves in the US Inland Waterways

By: Johnray Strickland Thrustmaster of Texas, a leading marine propulsion design and manufacturing company based in the U.S., is looking to give a competitive edge to U.S. towboat operators considering a move away from traditional shaft and rudder installations via Thrustmaster’s impressive lineup of American made Z-Drives. Thrustmaster’s Z-Drives, ranging from 500 hp to 8,000 […]

Cut Costs with Speed: Innovations in Fast Supply Vessels’ Propulsion

By: Johnray Strickland As the older offshore oil and gas production fields are approaching the end of their useful life, the industry is moving to deeper waters to find replacement fields. Significant ultra-deepwater fields in water depth greater than 1,500 meters have been found off the coasts of Brazil, the Gulf of Mexico and West […]

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Offshore Wind Construction in the U.S. – Opportunities for Effective Conversions of Existing Jack-Ups into Wind Turbine Installation Vessels

By: Johnray Strickland Thrustmaster of Texas, a leading marine propulsion design and manufacturing company in the U.S., is looking to give an edge to U.S. based marine jack-up operators wanting to enter the U.S. offshore wind farm construction and maintenance sector by cutting the cost of entry in half with a unique propulsion system that […]


DSV with Thrustmaster Retractable Tunnel Thrusters Receives High Praise for DP Operations in Shallow, Rough Seas

Incat Crowther’s new Catamaran Dive Support Vessel (DSV), Bhagwan Dryden, is making waves in the DSV sector and has already received high praise throughout its initial operational feedback for its dynamic positioning operations in shallow, rough seas  since its launch and delivery earlier this year as reported by Incat Crowther. The 187 ft (57 m) […]


Petrobras P2 118 ft Crewboat equipped with Thrustmaster DOEN Waterjets Delivered

BRAZIL – Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch and delivery of BS Camburi, a 36m Monohull Crewboat built in Brazil by Arpoador Engenharia to the Petrobras type P2 specification for fleet owner Brasil Supply. This 118 ft (36m) aluminium crewboat was designed by Incat Crowther and is powered by triple CAT C32 […]


Seacor Receives FSV Outfitted with 3 Thrustmaster Tunnel Thrusters

Seacor Marine took delivery of their latest 10,800 hp DP-2 fast supply vessel, the Alex F. McCall. The 202 ft by 34 ft mono-hull FSV is outfitted with three (3) fixed pitch, 200 hp, Thrustmaster tunnel thrusters model 30TT200ML-AL. Each tunnel thruster is driven by a directly mounted electric motor that is capable of operating continuously […]


Thrustmaster Appoints New Director of Sales and Marketing

HOUSTON – Thrustmaster of Texas, a world leader in the design and manufacture of marine thruster systems, has promoted Marcela Pineda to Director of Sales and Marketing. Ms. Pineda, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, is a seasoned professional with over 20 years experience in oil and gas, heavy construction and manufacturing. […]


Australia Receives Flagship R/V with Thrustmaster TH1500MLR Retractable Thruster

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), an agency of the Federal Government of Australia took delivery of their flagship research vessel “Investigator” equipped with a Thrustmaster TH1500ML  1,500 HP (1,250 kW) retractable thruster. Measuring 93.9 meters in length on an 18.5-metre beam the RV Investigator is an Australian marine research vessel which was […]

Thrustmaster to Expand Thruster Factory by 100,000 sqft to Meet Growing Customer Needs

HOUSTON – Thrustmaster of Texas, a leading manufacturer of commercial marine propulsion products, signed a deal Monday to expand its Houston based production facility by 100,000 sqft. (9,290 sq m) DCIM100MEDIA[/caption] The multi-million dollar investment has been in the making for two years and is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2015 by Third […]


World’s Largest Fast Crew Boat Outfitted with 4 Thrustmaster Retractable Thrusters Christened

The 230 ft (70 m) Fast Crew Boat (FCB) outfitted with four (4) Thrustmaster Retractable Thrusters Model TH300MLRN was christened Muslim Magomayev at a ceremony at the Incat shipyard on Monday, September 15. Thrustmaster electric retractable thrusters are fixed pitch propeller thru-hull azimuth thrusters capable of retracting completely into the hull.  They are configured for vertical […]


Thrustmaster of Texas Reaches 30 Year Milestone in Industry

HOUSTON – With the tremendous support and loyalty from a global network of customers Thrustmaster of Texas is proud to have reached a major milestone – 30 years of history in the marine propulsion industry. Established in 1984 by its current president, Joe R. Bekker, Thrustmaster has grown from a small manufacturer of outboard, deck-mounted […]

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Thrustmaster Brings Water Jet Manufacturing to the US

By: Johnray Strickland HOUSTON – Thrustmaster brings water jet manufacturing to the U.S. and becomes the leading manufacturer of commercial water jet propulsion in the nation. Thrustmaster acquired the designs and manufacturing license from DOEN, a leading designer and manufacturer of waterjet propulsion systems based in Australia. DOEN is one of only five marine waterjet […]

Thrustmaster Signs Contract with Dutch Barge Company at OTC

Thrustmaster of Texas, a manufacturer of commercial marine propulsion equipment based out of Houston, closed out this year’s OTC by placing ink to paper after signing a contract on the trade show floor with the Dutch Barge Company Thursday to supply a complete thruster package. The deal concluded at a press conference inside the Reliant Center hosted by […]


Thrustmaster to Sign Thruster Agreement on OTC Tradeshow Floor

Thrustmaster of Texas, a manufacturer of commercial marine propulsion and thrusters based out of Houston will be signing a contract with the Dutch Barge Company during the Offshore Technology Conference Thursday at 10:30 a.m. The deal will be reached in the Reliant Center at booth #1301 and will conclude with a press conference hosted by […]

Visit Thrustmaster’s OTC Booth – #1301

Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. is geared up and ready for the OTC 2014 next week and we wanted to personally invite you to stop by and visit our booth at #1301. Do you have an upcoming project and are in need of thrusters? Speak with our trained sales staff comprising of teams from our global […]


Thrustmaster Launches New Responsive Website – Thrustmaster.net

Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. is inviting visitors to explore their new website and online product catalog –  Thrustmaster.net. The new website has been redesigned to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and responsive functionality throughout – allowing customers to access detailed product information and videos with an adaptive interface that can be viewed on […]


Thrustmaster Expands Product Lineup to Include Waterjets

HOUSTON –   Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc., a  leading thruster manufacturer, expanded their product lineup to include waterjets after  acquiring the technology of DOEN Pacific on Wednesday. DOEN, a leading designer and manufacturer of waterjet propulsion systems for the past 48 years, is one of five marine waterjet manufactures in the world building waterjets up to 4,000 kW. […]


Six TH5000ML Thrustmaster Thrusters Increase Semisubmersible Transit Speed

Operational regions include West Africa, Brazil, Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea. YANTAI – The semisubmersible OOS Gretha was launched on November 25, 2013 with six Thrustmaster 5000 HP (3700 kW) Azimuth DP3 Thrusters classed by ABS. The Brazil bound semisubmersible drilling rig was built at the Yanti CIMC Raffles shipyard and is due to […]


Tour the Largest Thruster Factory in the World Online

HOUSTON, TX – Have you ever wanted to tour the largest dedicated thruster factory in the world located in Houston, TX? Now you can. A peak behind the curtain of Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. was typically available for only customers and open day events but now this experience is available to you online. Thrustmaster of Texas, […]


Promotions at Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc.

Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc., a world leader in the design and manufacture of marine thruster systems, announces the following promotions in its top level operations management. Jason Small, M.Sc.Mar.E., has been promoted to General Manager. Mr. Small, a graduate of Texas A&M with a B.Sc. in Marine Engineering, served as Engineering Manager at Thrustmaster for the […]


Thrustmaster Introduces Next Generation DP Thrusters

This year, in response to a growing demand for larger capacity DP thrusters, Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. has introduced their next generation, 2,200 kW portable thrusters. World famous for their patented PDPS (Portable Dynamic Positioning Systems), Thrustmaster of Texas has been proving portable DP solutions for work barges, pipe-lay vessels, semi-submersibles, and other specialty vessels […]


Joe Bekker Interviewed By Holland Television News during Dutch Trade Mission

Following a true success story, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Flemish Prime Minister President Kris Peeters led a Business Delegation Visit to Texas July 7-9, 2013 and included a stop to meet with Dutch native Joe Bekker, President and founder of Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. This first Flemish-Dutch mission seeks to further strengthen the […]


Incat to Build 12 UT4000 Fast Supply Vessels – THRUSTMASTER 30in 150hp Electric Bow Thrusters Used in Pairs

The Brazilian petroleum industry continues to set new standard for fleet expansion. This is demonstrated by the building of 12 aluminum 7,200-hp fast supply vessels to a single order. They are being built at Estilaleiro ETP Engenharia Ltda. in Rio de Janeiro for two owners. Designed by Incat Crowther with their Lafayette, Louisiana office, the construction […]


In this climate, ‘learn to do more with less’

Joe Bekker, President, Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. spoke to IT&O. He said: “All markets have been affected by this recession, but the greater impact seems to be on those operators who feel the crunch of restrictive government regulations and permitting issues.” www.tugandosv.com ND_NorthAmericanFocus Share

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THRUSTMASTER to DP McDermott Heavy-Lift and Pipelay Vessel DB 30

McDermott has awarded a major contract to Thrustmaster of Texas to upgrade its Derrick Barge DB30 with dynamic positioning capabilities (DP-2). Thrustmaster of Texas will provide McDermott with a turnkey DP solution for its heavy-lift and pipelay vessel which will include eight 2,000hp retractable hydraulic thrusters combined with a comprehensive suite of Kongsberg Dynamic Positioning […]


THRUSTMASTER – From 85 hp to Infinity

Talk to Joe Bekker for five minutes and you know he’s living the “American Dream.” Bekker, the founder, owner and president of Thrustmaster of Texas, came to Houston from The Netherlands in 1979 and has never looked back. An innovator and entrepreneur, Bekker has helped Thrustmaster of Texas evolve from its initial contract – a […]


Future USS Coronado Launches with Thrustmaster

In a time-honored ceremony, amid much pomp and tradition, the majestic 418-foot (128m) trimaran built by Austal in Mobile, Alabama officially became the future USS CORONADO (LCS 4). With a Thrustmaster hydraulic retractable azimuthing thruster under her bow, the U.S. Navy’s newest ship was christened today before hundreds of distinguished guests and navy brass. The […]


President of EX-IM Bank Visits Thrustmaster

Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. hosted a visit by Mr. Fred Hochberg, Chairman of EX-IM Bank of Washington, DC. As a significant exporter of capital goods for the marine industry Thrustmaster enters 2012 with $200M in export sales on the books from contracts with shipyards in China, Korea, Brazil, and Singapore. Working with companies like Thrustmaster, […]


Thrustmaster Hosts Marine Technology Society Bar-B-Que Fund Raiser

The 2011 Annual Barbecue Fundraising Social was held on Thursday, October 20, 2011 and host Thrustmaster contributed to the largest turnout ever. The assembly floor of the factory was converted to a mini exhibition hall where 70 vendors set up. Melissa Wood, chair of the B-B-Q commitee said, “What a great event and what an […]

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Top Trade Diplomat Visits Thrustmaster Delegation

During a recent defense exposition in London, England, Thrustmaster executives were honored by a visit from Barbara Stephenson, Deputy Chief of Mission from the U.S. Trade Commission attached to the U.S. Embassy in London. “Thrustmaster of Texas is truly a U.S. business success story as exports account for over 80% of our sales,” explained Kendall […]


Thrustmaster President Joe Bekker Interview at Offshore Brasil 2011

Following the pre-salt exploration market Brasil is dedicated toward finding partners and investors with emphasis in the area of offshore semisubmersible rigs and support vessels. These are areas where Thrustmaster excel. By providing both, full engineering services and the entire manufacturing process of dynamic positioning thrusters and systems, vessel and rig owners . Thrustmaster President […]


Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. Visits Hyundai Heavy Industries

Thrustmaster President Joe Bekker visits Hyundai Heavy Industries following the signing of a contract for the supply and installation of multiple sets of 5MW azimuth thrusters. The thrusters will be installed in the next generation deep water drill ships being built at Hyundai’s shipyard in Ulsan, Korea. This agreement marks a milestone as one of […]


OTC Open House at Thrustmaster’s Houston Factory

Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. held its annual OTC party on Sunday, May 1, 2011. We were honored to invite our customers to cocktails, Tex-Mex dinner, and tours of our facility. Visitors welcomed a tour of the factory and products in various stages of process and spoke with engineers and managers about many of the facets […]


Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. Receives Contract From Hyundai Heavy Industries

Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. received a contract from Hyundai Heavy Industries for the supply and installation of multiple sets of 5MW azimuth thrusters for the next generation deep water drill ships being built at Hyundai’s shipyard in Ulsan, Korea. The vessels are of the Gusto P10,000 design and are capable of drilling in water depths […]

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Making his first appearance at Euronaval 2010 in Paris Thrustmaster President Joe Bekker is interviewed by a tivipro.tv business tv reporter. Share


Holland Shipbuilding Magazine Features Thrustmaster

Holland Shipbuilding Magazine features Thrustmaster’s International Sales and Marketing Manager.Excerpt: “The sales departments, captained by Mr. Bert Ault, are now working on tenders for almost all the major oil companies in the world, impressive names can be considered as a valued relation to Thrustmaster, like: BP, Chevron, Exxon Mobile, Gazprom, Gulf Oil, Petrobras, Shell, Sonangol, […]


American Bureau of Shipping Features Thrustmaster

“Thrustmaster of Texas is featured in the Surveyor, a quarterly magazine from ABS and includes the cover image with the comment, “The world of offshore energy turn on craftsmanship. Here, two workers bring a giant thruster towards completion in Thrustmaster of Texas’ new plant. Dynamic positioning, offshore oil and gas and offshore wind power – and their […]

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LEAN Manufacturing Training At Thrustmaster

Jesse Cañas, Manufacturing Manager for Thrustmaster gives the second of two classes on Lean Manufacturing Methods in Thrustmaster’s new training room. Employees attending this class represent all facets of the manufacturing process from senior engineers to assembly personnel. Thrustmaster is focusing on the relentless pursuit for the elimination of waste throughout the entire business structure. […]


Holland Shipbuilding – Hybrid Technology at Thrustmaster

Holland Shipbuilding has taken special interest in Thrustmaster’s investment direction for Hybrid Technology. As more countries demand the reduction of a vessels carbon output while loitering, Thrustmaster has taken steps to embrace future involvement in providing such value added systems. PDF – Thrustmaster Hybrid Holland Article Share


Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. Posts Outlook for 2010

In an article regarding the outlook for 2010 for the marine industry from Holland Ship Building Magazine, Thrustmaster president Joe Bekker is interviewed regarding Thrustmaster’s outlook for 2010. Amid the doom and gloom articles that seem to be dominating our industry Mr. Bekker puts a positive note into the article as we prepare to enter […]


Thrustmaster Trains Napro Service Employees

Personnel from Napro (Brazil) attended training on hydraulic and other thruster issues at the Thrustmaster Factory Training Center in Houston. Sessions included time in the classroom as well as hands-on sessions in the factory. Share


Graham Gulf: Bigger is Better

Earlier this year C&G Boat Works Inc. launched the Gulf Princess for owner Graham Gulf. Originally conceived as a 175 by 34-foot vessel the decision was made during construction to add a ten foot extension bringing the vessel length to 185-feet. The original power package was retained. This included four 1800-horsepower Cummins KTA50-M main engines […]


Holland Shipbuilding Magazine Features Thrustmaster

In conjunction with two trade shows these past few months (one in Scotland and the other in Rotterdam) Holland Shipbuilding Magazine featured Thrustmaster in several well written articles. Special focus was given on Dutch native Joe (Jos) Bekker, President of the company and the new factory. Setting up the articles Thrustmaster Europe, B.V.’s manager, Hans […]


New Cruise Ship 3 Months Ahead of Schedule

The brand new American Cruise Lines ship, Independence, being built at Chesapeake Shipbuilding, was taken on its first underway trials yesterday. This important milestone trial occurred three months ahead of schedule. Maneuvering and equipment tests were performed successfully while the ship was underway in the Wicomico River. American Cruise Lines will run the Independence on […]

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Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp delivers the “Woodland” Car Ferry to the State of Delaware

It is the third ferry that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has designed and built at its Salisbury facility. The Ferry is the only car ferry operated by the Delaware Department of Transportation and has operated at the Woodside site for over 200 years. • Length o.a. 94 ft • Beam 31 ft • Draft 2.5 ft • […]


Thrustmaster Named Fastest Growing Manufacturing Company

Highlighting this years Fastest-Growing Private Companies, Inc. Magazine has named Thrustmaster of Texas, Inc. as the fastest growing privately owned manufacturing company in the USA. “How He Did It” feature in Inc.com Magazine. The rating is derived by comparing revenues between 2004 and 2007 where Thrustmaster saw an increase of 1,456.7%. Contracts and forecasts in […]

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IEEE Egyptian Engineering Day Features Thrustmaster OD150 Units

ADG-EG.COM (Arab Development Group) sent us this picture from an Egyptian news paper highlighting Egyptian Engineering Day in Al-Azhar Conference Center, Nasr City, Cairo, on 26th, 27th& 28th July 2008. In the foreground is one of hundreds of self contained hydraulic thrusters (shown right) produced by Thrustmaster for the Egyptian Government. “The IEEE Egyptian Engineering Day is the […]