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COMMANDER™ piston-type steering gear

Van der Velden® COMMANDER™ piston-type steering gear is the ideal steering gear system when installation space is at a premium. Mounted on a single adjustable foundation plate, the system offers considerable savings in time and money when installed at shipyards.

Maintenance of this plug & play solution is very easy and the double acting cylinders ensure reliability and redundancy. Two cylinders provide single rudder operation and 50% of the capacity remains available when one cylinder is bypassed.



  • Maximum redundancy for continued safe operation
  • Series and custom-built options to meet specific requirements
  • Proportional hydraulics integrated for precise manoeuvring
  • Easy maintenance and service
  • Reliability
  • Exceptionally low requirement of service & maintenance
  • Clear layout of all bridge panels, alarm panels

  • ECR panels and hydraulic power packs: completely integrated system
  • Series and custom built depending on requirements
  • Proportional hydraulics integrated for precise manoeuvring
  • Maximum redundancy for continued safe operation
  • Easy maintenance
  • Easy plug & play installation
  • No fitting bolts on foundation
  • Compact design
  • No on-site alignment required


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The BARKE® rudder is the solution if you are looking to invest in today and tomorrow.

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