Products for Marine Propulsion Systems

POD 4600 - Pod Propulsion

Unrivaled performance and comfort

Key Facts

More efficient

Up to 15% more efficient than a regular shaftline propulsion


Power Take In options available for hybrid applications

Fully integrated

Propulsion, steering, electronics and gas exhaust all-in-one

All applications

Both recreational and professional vessels are supported

What can POD 4600 - Pod Propulsion provide?

The POD 4600 system offers integrated propulsion and steering systems for large vessels of all types. It ensures unprecedented propulsion efficiency, easy maneuverability, more onboard available space and top comfort and reliability, no matter what application. The POD 4600 is compatible with all the main marine OEM engines.


The POD 4600 of ZF offers the latest pod-drive technology, complete with transmission, rudder system, and integrated gas exhaust system for ease of installation.
It is designed for an input torque of 5.000 Nm with a maximum power of 1.700 hp at 2.450 rpm (0,527 kW/rpm Pleasure Duty, 0,342 kW/rmp Medium Duty).
The integrated clutch and deeper reduction ratio (2,434) as well as the large pushing countre-rotating propellers (up to 38,5”), underlining the attention ZF Marine has given to the propulsion efficiency of large vessels. Key feature to help boat builders during installation is the simplified installation procedure (both tunnel and deadrise design supported) that could be arranged positioning the drives inside the engine room from top or bottom.
Further advantages are the extremely compact design and reliability of the electro-hydraulic steering unit. State of the art mechanical solutions and integrated sensors ensure ease of maintenance and highest reliability over the lifetime of the vessel.
Interfaces with main navigation systems and thrusters are available.

Additional Benefits

The POD 4600 integrates the latest ZF control technology: TotalCommand, the latest CAN-bus communication technology with the industry’s best multifunction control heads to accommodate up to six stations. The compact control head design combines an ergonomic lever shape with a user-friendly touch pad allowing all system functions to be easily selected using soft-touch push buttons. The system has been rigorously tested to meet the highest marine industry standards and is 100% compliant with all major classification societies, such as ABS and DNV. As an added bonus, DP0 (dynamic positioning) and joystick maneuvering are available. The joystick system provides the helmsman with simple and intuitive vessel control. Engines and PODs are automatically controlled together providing smooth, unbeatable “ease of control”. Moving parallel to the dock, 360° rotation on the spot and other complex maneuvers are now easy operations. Joystick regulates engine speed while automatically compensating for current, wind or other external forces to provide the precise speed needed for smooth maneuvering and easy docking. This means driving a pleasure craft becomes less stressful, simple and safe!

Further Information

Press release: Propelling Forwards: ZF Premiers POD Propulsion 4600 System for Large Vessels in Azimut Grande 26M



POD Propulsion 4600 System


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