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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


‘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.  


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


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.  


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.  


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


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


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.


MN100: VescoPlastics

Photo: VescoPlastics

The Company: Founded in 1958, self-lubricated polymer bearings and bushings manufacturer VescoPlastics produces a proprietary range of bushings, bearings and wear plates that operate in dusty, dirty or wet conditions and last longer than other products on the market


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


Parker Kittiwake Launches Condition Monitoring Starter Kit

Condition Monitoring Starter Kit provides essential tools to protect vital equipment from damage and prevent breakdowns

Parker Kittiwake today launched the Condition Monitoring Starter Kit. The kit combines the Parker Kittiwake DigiCell combined kit, the Holroyd MHC-Bearing Checker, and a PC tablet with a condition monitoring routine and log book pre-loaded on it to help guide the user in using the products for


Klüber to Present New EALs at SMM

“Closer to you” is the motto, under which Klüber Lubrication will be presenting its latest environmentally acceptable lubricants (EALs) for ships and offshore installations at the SMM 2016.   According to the manufacturer


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.


Drydocks World Conforms to FPC under EU Regulation

Drydocks World yard picture Photo Drydock World

Drydocks World, the international service provider to the shipping, offshore, oil, gas and energy sectors has successfully been certified to European Standards EN 1090 – 1 and EN 1090-2.   The certification program is part of the European Union’s Construction Products Regulation


Patterson’s One-Two Punch

The Patterson Right Angle Capstan (image: Patterson)

Thru-Deck & Right angle Capstans: From the company that brought the inland towboat industry the patented YoYo Winch, now comes not one but two new, equally revolutionary products in the form of Patterson’s Thru-Deck Capstan and Right Angle Capstan.  


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


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.


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


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.


New DNV GL Notations for Water-lubricated Tail Shafts

Image of a stern tube (courtesy of Svenska Bearing)

New DNV GL notations for water-lubricated tail shafts offers unlimited intervals between shaft withdrawals   Two new tail shaft monitoring class notations from DNV GL offer ship owners and operators the possibility of unlimited intervals between tail shaft withdrawal surveys for


Wärtsilä Control Systems for 3 New Containerships

Wärtsilä's Nacos Platinum Integrated Navigation Automation Control System has been selected for a series of three 'mega-class' container vessels being built for French shipowner CMA CGM at the HHIC-Phil yard in Subic Bay, Philippines


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.  






 
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