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Thordon Bearings Appoints Mill Log Marine Distributors

Mill Log Marine of Burnaby, B.C. has been appointed the authorized Distributor in British Columbia for Canadian manufacturer, Thordon Bearings replacing W.L. Marine.  With this agreement, Mill Log Marine becomes the stocking distributor for the world’s largest manufacturer of non-metallic oil and grease free bearing systems.   “Mill Log Marine’s reputation, expertise and knowledge of the marine market gives us great confidence in knowing that our products will be strongly supported in western Canada”, added Jan Willem de Jong, Commercial Director, Thordon Bearings Inc. “By partnering with Mill Log Marine, we can now offer our British Columbia customers an outstanding level of service while offering the highest quality and most environmentally friendly bearing solutions in the marine, clean power generation and industrial markets.”   Don Lindsey, Director of Sales & Marketing for Mill Log Marine stated: “Thordon Bearings Inc. produces high quality, water lubricated rudder and propeller shaft bearings specifically for the workboat and commercial vessel market.”  “With working applications in extreme operating conditions being used by the US and Canadian Navies, cruise ships, bulk carriers, tankers and workboat ship owners across the globe, we are excited to bring these bearings to this region


Partnership Promotes Seawater Lubrication

Scott Groves (left), Business Development Manager at Thordon Bearings, and Leslaw Hnat (right), Chairman of the Board of MSR Gryfia, sign an agreement that affirms the companies’ efforts to convert ships to seawater lubricated propeller shaft lines from oil.

Thordon Bearings Inc. signed a letter of intent (LOI) under which it will cooperate with MSR Gryfia of Poland to promote the conversion of ships to an open seawater lubricated propeller shaft Thordon bearing system from a sealed oil lubricated propeller shaft bearing system.    The LOI will create an action plan in which a Ship Conversion Team, comprised of MSR Gryfia and Thordon Bearings representatives, that promotes this initiative to the marine community


Thordon Receives Ocean Exchange Industry Challenge Award

(L-R) Paige Siplon, The Ocean Exchange; Dave Marshall, Regional Manager - Americas for Thordon Bearings Inc.; Craig Carter, Director of Marketing & Customer Service for Thordon Bearings Inc.; Jason Ball, Executive Director Solutions for The Ocean Exchange

Thordon Bearings Inc. received this year’s Industry Excellence Award at the third annual Ocean Exchange on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia.  Recognized for eliminating oil discharges from commercial ships using seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings, Thordon was one of three international recipients of the award.  


‘Seawater is the Ultimate EAL’

Cost comparison of stern tube lubricants (Image courtesy of Thordon Bearings)

Thordon Bearings: “Seawater is the only commercially viable EAL for propeller shafts”   Thordon Bearings Inc., a manufacturer of seawater lubricated bearings for the global marine industry, has questioned the rise of environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) in oil-based stern tube seals and bearings, stating the industry can use “the most environmentally safe lubricant” there is: seawater.  


Thordon’s COMPAC for US’ Largest Containerships

Artist impression of Matson’s Aloha-class containership (Image: Matson)

Thordon Bearings has signed a contract to supply COMPAC seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing solutions to two Jones Act containerships under construction at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. (APSI) for Matson Navigation Company, Inc.    The order represents the first large containership reference for the manufacturer and the largest commercial ship propeller shafts to be fitted with COMPAC bearings, Thordon noted.  


Bearing System Sees No Wear After 20,000 Hours

Inland Barge Services’ push boat Ramona serves the communities along Alaska’s Yukon River (courtesy of Inland Barge Service Inc)

After nine years of operation in the harsh, abrasive waters of Alaska’s Yukon River, aboard Inland Barge Service’s push boat Ramona, Thordon Bearings’ RiverTough water-lubricated tail-shaft bearing system has emerged completely free of wear and tear, according tot the manufacturer.   The performance of the RiverTough bearings in waters renowned for their high content of gritty glacial silt came to light when the 16-meter workboat’s cracked struts underwent repair


Specialties Cornerstone of Canadian Market

The past decade was a tough one for the Canadian shipbuilding market. It was a decade that produced a decline of both employment and decline of newbuilds, many of which were contracted in the late 1980s still awaiting construction. This unfinished business was concentrated mostly on various military projects that had been thought out but were never actually followed through. It is estimated that by the time the 1990's came to a close that Canadian yards had experienced the worst decade since


ASNE Day 2009

ASNE Day 2009 takes place April 8-9, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. The event will explore how the 21st century cooperative strategy and related maritime efforts are impacting naval engineering while answering the questions—what technical areas must be emphasized to enable and support this strategy, what are the implications for the way future naval engineers are educated and developed


CSL Bulkers to Receive Thordon Bearings

CSL - Baie St. Paul web.jpg

Nine CSL Newbuilds Eliminate oil usage with seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings.   The drive for pollution free ships continues as Canadian-based ship owners, CSL Group Inc., eliminate oil from the stern tube and equip nine of their latest new builds with seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings.  CSL has specified non-metallic propeller shaft bearings that use seawater rather than oil to lubricate the shafts on the Trillium Class vessels built at Chengxi Shipyard and


Dresser-Rand to Highlight Deep Sea Solutions at the 2013 OTC

Photo: Dresser-Rand

Dresser-Rand, a global supplier of rotating equipment solutions to the oil, gas, petrochemical, power and process industries, will showcase technologies designed to improve efficiency and reduce life cycle costs for the offshore sector, including deep sea solutions, at the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC). Industry engineers and executives visiting booth #9659 will have the opportunity to learn more about Dresser-Rand offerings for deep sea and floating production


Hornblower Flagship Retrofits with Thordon's Shaft Seals

Inspiration Hornblower has converted to the maintenance-free TG100 mechanical tail-shaft seals (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Thordon Bearings’ US West Coast Distributor, Pacific Marine Equipment has successfully completed the installation of a pair of TG100 mechanical propeller shaft seals to Hornblower Cruises & Events’ 1000-passenger capacity twin screw flagship, Inspiration Hornblower.


Trelleborg Bears Weight of Largest Ever Offshore Facility

Shell’s Prelude FLNG (Photo: Shell)

Trelleborg’s engineered products operation has supplied a selection of bearing solutions for the world's first floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) project – Shell’s Prelude FLNG.   Trelleborg has manufactured and delivered 52 vertical elastomeric bearings and 156


Oil to Water: Impala Tugs Undergo Conversion

Photo: Thordon Bearings

The first four of 15 Impala Terminals Colombia-operated tug/tow boats have been converted from oil to water-lubricated tailshaft bearings.   Impala Zambrano, the first of 15 triple-screw and twin-screw push boats scheduled for oil-to-water conversion


SNAME Honors Thordon's Sandy Thomson

SNAME honored Thordons Sandy Thomson. (Photo: Thordon)

At the opening session of the 2016 SNAME Maritime Convention in Bellevue, Washington, George A. (Sandy) Thomson was elected a Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).    According to the Society, the grade of Fellow is accorded exclusively to


Thordon Bearings Secures AK Ferry Contract

A Thordon COMPAC water lubricated propeller shaft bearing (image: Thordon)

Thordon Bearings has received an order to supply its COMPAC system to two Alaska Ferry newbuilds under construction at the Vigor Industrial shipyard in Ketchikan, Alaska. The Canada-based company, a supplier of seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearings


Thordon's Compac Ordered for 2 EcoCoasters

An artist’s impression of the VG EcoCoaster  design (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Thordon Bearings’ Swedish distributor, Duwel Sweden, has signed a contract with Caterpillar Propulsion for the supply and installation of Thordon COMPAC seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearing systems to the two general cargo ships Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes is building for


Thordon Bearings Names New China Distributor

Photo: Thordon Bearings

Thordon Bearings Inc. of Canada announced that CY Engineering Co. Ltd. will take over as the new authorized distributor for the People’s Republic of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, effective August 28, 2015. With this agreement, CY Engineering becomes Thordon’s stocking


New Class Rules Favor Seawater Lubricated Props

Thordon Bearings’ seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing system meets classification society rules for extended shaft withdrawal periods (Image: Thordon Bearings)

Classification societies are changing their monitoring rules for seawater-lubricated propeller shafts in line with the rules governing the inspection and withdrawal of oil-lubricated stern tube systems.   China Classification Society (CCS), for example


Thordon Wins Environmental Award

Thordon Bearings’ George Morrison was presented with the Tanker Shipping & Trade Environmental Award for the COMPAC system (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

COMPAC, Thordon Bearings’ seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearing system, won the Tanker Shipping & Trade Environment Award following a verdict that the system allows shipowners to cost-effectively comply with stringent marine pollution rules.  


LNG Bulker Cements Thordon's Green Future

JT Cements LNG-fuelled cement carried Greenland undergoing sea trials (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Sea trials aboard Greenland, the world’s first LNG-fuelled short-sea dry bulk vessel, have validated the performance of Thordon Bearings COMPAC propeller shaft solution, indicating that seawater-lubricated bearing systems are applicable to all ship types and are definitely here to stay.


Vesconite: Fast Turnaround on Rudder Bearings

Photo: Vesconite: Fast Turnaround on Rudder Bearings

Workboats, ships and megayachts rely on large and extra-large rudder bearings. Having a vessel in dry dock for days or weeks while waiting for an oversized bearing is costly and frustrating, said Vesconite, whose machined Vesconite and Vesconite Superclad replacements—up to 10' in diameter


Thordon Bearings Launches Oil Savings Calculator

 Thordon Bearings Launches Oil Savings Calculator   Thordon Bearings has developed a bespoke modeling tool capable of calculating the amount of operational oil prevented from leaking into the world’s oceans with each installation of a seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing.


ABS, Capital Ship Management Improve Propulsion Shaft Monitoring

ABS Chairman, President and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki

ABS and Capital Ship Management Corp. (“Capital”), a distinguished ship management company, have collaborated to install an advanced condition monitoring system on the propulsion shafting of the Capital managed vessel M/T Agisilaos, a 36,700 dwt


Pods Versus Water Lubricated Props

Image: Thordon Bearings

Thordon Bearings has called on the marine industry to investigate the characteristics of both conventional seawater-lubricated propeller shaft systems and podded propulsion arrangements in order to provide shipowners with a better understanding of the two very different propulsion configurations.


Thordon Launches New Service/Support Concept

Canada’s Thordon Bearings has introduced a global service and support (GSS) service to assist ship owners, shipbuilders and repair yards with the installation, commissioning, maintenance and shaft/stern tube alignment services of the full range of oil and grease-free Thordon propeller shaft






 
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