NautoPilot 5000 NX

NautoPilot 5000 NX -
where high precision meets efficiency


NautoPilot 5000NX is a new Anschütz autopilot. It includes unique algorithms that ensure highly precise steering performance where it is needed, even at low speeds.

NautoPilot 5000NX also includes the world's most comprehensive range of fuel-saving features that reduce emissions and cost. Reduced fuel consumption also improves the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) rating of the respective ship.

Key Benefits

Reduced fuel consumption

Fuel-saving features optimise rudder movements and minimise fuel consumption.

  • Heading and Rudder Plot, Course Control Mode, ECOnomy mode and Toe Angle function optimise steering characteristics, reduce rudder activity or reduce rudder angles (and speed loss).
  • Autopilot functions and settings alone or in combination reduce fuel consumption by 2.5 %.
  • Less fuel consumption means less cost, less emissions and an improved CII rating.

Precise steering

Proven steering algorithms ensure highly precise and reliable steering in heading control, course control and track control modes.

  • Excellent steering performance even at low speeds, which is of special importance when navigating narrow sailing areas, islands and archipelagos.
  • In course control mode the autopilot compensates drift deviations automatically. Approved as part of a track control system in combination with ECDIS NX
  • Crews can rely on intuitive operation and full fingertip control, with user adjustable limits for permanent sensor and performance monitoring.

Secure investment

NautoPilot 5000 NX is your best choice today and ready for the future:

  • Long product lifecycle and a standardized, future-proof hardware
  • Support of standardized bridge alert management
  • Support of standardized Ethernet communication according to IEC 61162-450 (most installations will use Ethernet in future)
NautoPilot 5000 NX fuel-saving autopilot

Speed, rudder movements, weather conditions and the characteristics of the ship all affect steering performance. Years of experience in the field have shown that Anschütz autopilots contribute significantly to fuel savings when adapted correctly to these conditions. The NautoPilot 5000 NX has been developed based on this experience and offers the widest range of features on the market that, alone or in combination, help to reduce fuel consumption. This has been confirmed in sea trials.

Heading & Rudder Plot

Rudder activity increases fuel consumption and costs. The Heading & Rudder Plot provides an instant overview about heading, set heading and rudder activity. This transparency allows the bridge team to monitor steering performance, and adjust and optimize autopilot settings in order to minimize rudder activity.

Course Control

In Course Control mode, NautoPilot 5000 NX steers the vessel on a course-over-ground line and automatically compensates for drift deviations. The travelled distance between two points is reduced to a minimum automatically, and sailing the shortest distance has effect on fuel consumption. Continuous heading adjustments lead to smaller rudder angles and less loss of speed compared to manual operation.

ECOnomy Mode (Adaptive Mode)

The ECO mode makes the NautoPilot 5000 NX smart. The autopilot permanently monitors the actual yawing movements of the vessel, depending on load and sea conditions. Symmetrical movements as well as movements that do not need to be corrected due to the inertial behavior of the ship are filtered out and not corrected by the autopilot. The result: permanent fuel savings through less rudder activity at the push of a button.

Toe Angles (dual rudder vessels)

With Toe Angle, NautoPilot 5000 NX provides fuel saving for dual rudder vessels. The steering characteristics and energy efficiency are optimized with an offset (toe angle) of the rudders to each other. Test runs with real installations have proven significant fuel savings when the toe angle is set optimally considering speed and draught.

Fuel-saving autopilot delivered to RoRo cargo vessel

Anschütz delivered the NautoPilot 5000 NX to the MV Corona Sea, a dual-rudder RoRo cargo vessel. The optimal autopilot settings for efficient steering performance and reduced fuel consumption were fine-tuned during the crossing. The crew relies on the usability of Anschütz´s new autopilot and the steering performance, in particular when steering onto a new course and steering at low speed. Click here to read the full story.

NautoPilot 5000 NX reduces fuel consumption and emissions

Sea trials have proven that the new Anschütz autopilot NautoPilot 5000 NX can significantly reduce the fuel consumption of ships. This not only has an impact on costs and emissions, but also improves the new Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) rating of the respective ship. NautoPilot 5000 NX introduces the world's most comprehensive range of fuel-saving features, which alone or in combination optimise rudder movements and minimise fuel consumption. Click here to read more.

Full control thanks to intuitive autopilot operation

NautoPilot 5000 NX is easy to operate and offers a clear presentation of all navigational information on its large 7” graphical touch display. It's new feature, the Simplified View, offers a well-arranged presentation of relevant information at a glance. Autopilot operation and parameter adjustments become possible by simply touching the relevant area of the display. Navigators can rely on full steering control at their fingertips.

NautoPilot 5000 NX is easy to integrate in newbuilding or refit projects

The best way is to combine NautoPilot 5000 NX with a NautoSteer AS steering gear control system by using the redundant CAN bus without requiring a separate interface unit. Remote operator units can be connected via Ethernet.

For use in combination with other steering gear control systems or in refits, an autopilot interface unit is available. This interface unit provides a multitude of interfaces to the steering gear control system or directly to the steering gear. NautoPilot 5000 NX stand-alone installations can also be extended with additional remote operator units, or with tillers / handwheels to form a compact steering control system.

NautoPilot 5000 NX is the ideal autopilot solution for ships 100 meters in length or longer.

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