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The Becker Flap Rudder is the most popular rudder type worldwide and is derived from the first developments made by company founder Willi Becker. His invention is the ultimate rudder solution when it comes to ship manoeuvrability. With decades of research, development and practical experience behind it, this rudder is the most mature design of all ﬂap rudders in the shipbuilding industry. Becker’s unique design is now the standard for ship operators demanding manoeuvrability and efficiency. This high-performance rudder type offers an optimum balance and a flap area with the best combination of manoeuvrability and efficiency.
With a Becker Flap solution, captains are able to operate the vessel laterally. By using the Becker Flap, smaller ports or river operations in particular will generate a huge potential in terms of safety and efficiency. Over the years Becker has developed a new design for the linkage and hinge system to reduce wear and tear and lower maintenance costs. The Becker Flap is suitable for refits and newbuildings wherever safety, manoeuvrability and efficiency play the leading role.
Several options are available for the basic rudder design, starting with a twisted profile for reduced risk of cavitation damage caused by the propeller slipstream, followed by a closed linkage system for enhanced safety in icy conditions and sandy environments.
In combination with Becker’s King Support Rudder (KSR) bearing, the Becker Flap Rudder is unlimited in size. A Heel Pintle support is available for enhanced system stability (e.g. for fishing/offshore vessels).
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