Kongsberg Maritime to Upgrade Normand Sentinel with Advanced Rim-Drive Thrusters


Kongsberg Maritime is set to enhance Solstad’s Normand Sentinel, a prominent subsea construction vessel, with their latest electric rim-drive azimuth thrusters. This upgrade marks a significant step forward in maritime energy efficiency and sustainability.

James Poulton, SVP of Aftermarket Sales, Kongsberg Maritime states that “The anticipated energy savings, particularly in DP mode, will ensure the vessel remains a preferred choice in the market.”

Vessel Upgrade Details

The Normand Sentinel, a 143-meter-long vessel known for its reliable service, will undergo this upgrade during its next scheduled drydocking. The existing AZP 120 CP mechanical thrusters will be replaced with Kongsberg Maritime’s advanced RD-AZ2600 rim-drive thrusters.

Expected Benefits and Energy Savings

James Poulton, SVP of Aftermarket Sales at Kongsberg Maritime, highlighted the energy-saving potential of the new thrusters states “This upgrade promises energy savings of up to 16% during transit operations and a substantial 40% in Dynamic Positioning (DP) mode. This move is a strategic step towards sustainability, significantly reducing fuel consumption and improving the vessel’s operability and capacity while reducing maintenance requirements.”

Tor Johan Tveit, Chief Operating Officer, Solstad states “This strategic move supports the green shift by significantly reducing fuel consumption and aligns with Solstad’s continuous commitment to reduce emissions.”

Solstad’s Commitment to Sustainability

Tor Johan Tveit, Chief Operating Officer at Solstad, emphasized the company’s dedication to reducing emissions stating, “This strategic upgrade supports the green shift and aligns with Solstad’s ongoing commitment to providing energy-efficient and environmentally friendly maritime solutions.”


The upcoming upgrade of the Normand Sentinel is a testament to Kongsberg Maritime’s innovative approach, embracing technological advancements for a greener maritime industry. This investment underscores Solstad’s bold commitment to sustainability and positions the vessel as a preferred choice in the market.

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