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Electric motors for capstans. The power of Kolmer

Kolmer Electric Motors in Putten supplies a wide and varied range of electric motors, including electric motors for capstans. A capstan is a vertical winch that is used on board ships and on quays. They are also used to trim sails and to moor larger seagoing vessels alongside the quay. These devices can also be found on board sailing boats. Here they are often operated using a crank.

For larger installations we have designed a special electric motor. When the installation is located on the quay or the landing stage, an electric motor would be a handy aid to pull in the heavy mooring lines from the ship. The mooring line is pulled in with the capstan and secured to the mooring hook. With the help of the winch on board the ship, the mooring line is then pulled tight.

Suitable for the harshest of conditions

As far as electric motors for capstans are concerned, there is a great variety available in the market. All sorts of motor versions can be found. The working conditions are very important in respect of the quality and efficiency of electric motors. If the motors are used for capstans in the tropics, high ambient temperatures must be taken into account.

The same applies to installations in Sakhalin, Russia, for example, where the temperature can drop to -50°C in winter. With every project it is always a challenge to meet the specified conditions. The specialists at Kolmer Electric Motors are happy to take up this challenge. Thanks to our many years of experience we have been able to supply many customised/custom-made electric motors for capstans.

Customised/custom-made capstan solutions

Kolmer Electric Motors has a very well-equipped workshop, which enables us to offer a wide range of modification options for electric motors. The electric motors, for example, can be equipped with a brake. After isolating the motor from the power supply, the motor shaft will come to an immediate standstill. This makes it obviously very safe where working conditions and the operator of the electric motor are concerned.

Every project that gets us going, will be assessed by our expert team on all fronts and it is the expertise and experience of our specialists that will ultimately determine the functional specification of the electric motor. In this way we can arrive at a customised/custom-made solution that fully meets the wishes and requirements of you, our customer. We’ve already had the pleasure of supplying customised/custom-made capstans for the mooring of seagoing vessels at Mampaey Offshore Industries, for example.

More information or a bit of Q&A regarding your capstan query?

Kolmer is the right place to go to for a customised/custom-made solution for your specific situation. Customised/custom-made solutions are our specialty. We are happy to use our many years of experience and up-to-date knowledge to provide you with recommendations for the optimal solution. In our extensive workshop we can carry out modifications and add extra features to the electric motor of your choice. And all within an acceptable timeframe!

Thanks to our personal approach, the delivery times and costs should be crystal clear to you. Are you curious about our options or do you want more information about our electric motors? Please feel free to contact us. Our experienced staff will be happy to help you.

Applications in the industry:

Capstans – Maritime & Shipping


Brand loyalty is our middle name. Ever since our company was established we are well disposed towards Cantoni Motor and Cemp. Our current range consists of a large variety of electric motors and related products from these worldwide operating brands.

IE1 motors

Series Sg, Sh, SIE | Three-phase squirrel-cage induction motors, suitable for general purpose

IE2 motors

Series 2SIE | Three-phase squirrel-cage induction motors, suitable for general purpose

IE3 motors

Series 3SIE | Three-phase squirrel-cage induction motors, suitable for general purpose

IE4 motors

Series 4SIE | Three-phase squirrel-cage induction motors, suitable for general purpose

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