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Thruster Replacement

Thruster replacements carried out offshore

Thrusters are a key component of Dynamic Positioning. As floating assets often operate in challenging subsea conditions, frequent replacements are required to ensure that they continue to function. Axess Group offers thruster replacement on all types of floating assets, such as FPSOs, FSOs, FLNGs and semi-submersible vessels.

Over the course of the last two decades, we have built an impressive track record of executing offshore thruster replacement projects, making Axess the preferred supplier for many energy companies. We understand the complexity of such critical operations and will advise our clients on solutions that best suit each specific case.

With a typical thruster weighing around 20 to 50 tonnes, thruster replacement is a complex and potentially hazardous operation.

Traditionally, floating assets are dry-docked to carry out the replacement of the thrusters. This is an exceptionally costly operation, taking into consideration all facets of the project, such as demobilisation of the asset, rental of the dry-dock facilities and the loss of operating revenue during replacement.


What we offer

Axess Group carries out thruster replacements offshore, thus removing the costs incurred from dry-docking. In addition, we save further costs by managing and executing the project from the asset itself, utilising smart Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) solutions and purpose-built lifting equipment. This removes the need for a Dive Support Vessel (DSV), Divers and/or an Inspection, Maintenance, Repair Vessel (IMR).

Typical services include:

  • Creation of a thruster replacement procedure, including lift planning and equipment listing
  • Revision of an existing thruster replacement procedure and optimisation of the methodology
  • Design of specialist equipment, lifting arrangements and/or winches which reduces or even removes the need for DSV, divers and/or an IMR vessel
  • Design, fabrication, procurement, testing and/or Enterprise of Competence certification of the lifting equipment
  • Interface management of involved suppliers and contractors
  • Complete project organisation onshore and offshore
  • Multi-discipline offshore operators selected according to project specifics, minimal impact on the bed space capacity offshore

Contact Information

Axess AS
Oscar Hanssens vei 5
6415 Molde
+47 982 43 600
Axess AS
Kokstadflaten 35
5257 Bergen
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Axess AS
Travbaneveien 3
4031 Stavanger
(duty): +47 982 43 600
St. John's
Axess Baffin Inc.
702 Water Street, Suite 201
St. John's, Newfoundland
+1 709 758 7937
Axess North America Inc.
1400 Broadfield Suite 300
Houston Tx. 77084
+1 (281) 994-0367
Ciudad del Carmen
Axess Operations De Mexico S de RL de CV
Calle Bosque de Ciruelos 180 PP 101
Colonia Bosque De Las Lomas
CP 11700 Cuidad De Mexico
+52 938-152-7688
Axess North Sea Ltd.
Axess House,
Twin Spires Business Park,
Mugiemoss Road, Bucksburn,
Aberdeen, AB21 9NY
(duty): +44 (0) 78 5303 6111
Axess Guyana Inc.
2 Avenue of the Republic
Georgetown, Guyana
Rio de Janeiro
Axess do Brasil Ltda
Rua Dezenove de Fevereiro
171 - Botafogo
CEP 22280-030 Rio de Janeiro
+55 (21) 4108-0532
Axess Petrorig Ghana Limited
3rd floor, The Pelican
8 Blohum Street, Dzorwulu
Accra, Ghana
+233 (0) 30 397 0548
Axess Offshore Africa Ltd.
Edificio Joia Rara, 3º Andar 3.5/3.6,
Av. Revolução de Outubro No 8, Cassenda, Maianga
Luanda, Angola
+244 933 316 388
Cape Town
Axess Offshore Africa Ltd.
Office 106, 1st Floor, Block 2,
Northgate Park, Brooklyn
Cape Town, South Africa
+27 21 001 9540
Axess AS
Nedre Bakklandet 58C
7014 Trondheim
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Axess AS
Grønøraveien 1
7300 Orkanger
(duty): +47 478 37 300
Axess AS
Fridtjof Nansens plass 4
0160 Oslo
(duty): +47 982 43 600
Axess for Oil Services
3141 Anas Bin Malik, Al Malqa Dist.
Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
+966 59 427 0293
Axess Middle East DMCC
807 X2 Tower, X Cluster,
Jumeriah Lake Towers
Dubai, UAE
+971 4565 7913
Axess Offshore Korea LLC
22nd Floor KNN Tower, Centum-ro 30
2203-ho, Haeundae-gu
Busan, South Korea
+82 10 2696 2016
Axess AIM India Pvt. Ltd.
B2-701, 7th Floor,
Kanakia Boomerang,
Chandivali Farm Road
Andheri East, Mumbai- 400072
+91 22 4604 3533
Axess Offshore Pte Ltd
Nordic European Centre, #05-31 South Wing,
3 International Business Park
Singapore 609927
+65 6908 4174
Axess Offshore Australia Pty Ltd
304 Newcastle St
Perth WA 6000
+61 4 3373 0739