Steering Gear integrated with the rudder system defines the complete ‘turning mechanism’ mandatory for each and every ship irrespective of size, type and operation.
The efficiency of performance of steering gear depends on some main aspects. These basic requirements to be invariably met by all steering gears are guided by rules set by classification societies.
The steering gear system consists of the following:
- Rudder actuators
- Power units
- Hydraulic pumps and valves
- Other auxiliary equipment needed to apply turn the rudder by applying torque
Fountom mainly supplies two types of steering gear, ram type steering gear and piston type steering gear.