Iconic Schooner Fitted With Pollution-free Bearings

Press Release
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Bluenose ll: Photo credit Thordon Bearings Inc.

Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, 'Bluenose II', fitted with Thordon Bearings' water-lubricated stern tube & rudder bearings.

Nova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, the Bluenose II, relaunched September 29, 2012 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia fitted with pollution-free water lubricated stern tube and rudder bearings.  The extensive two-year $15.9 million restoration work was done by the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance, made up of Covey Island Boat Works, Snyder's Shipyard and Lunenburg Industrial Foundry & Engineering.  The rebuild of the iconic vessel meant all new installation of many aspects including stern tube and rudder applications.   Specifically requesting water lubricated bearings, the Bluenose II now has a pollution-free stern tube and rudder bearing system. 

A fair bit of engineering went into the relaunch project to better fit the vessel with pollution-free bearing solutions.  Each shaft of the twin screw stern tube was fitted with three water-lubricated COMPAC bearings; two in the stern and one in the strut.   Grease was eliminated from the rudder by using SXL in the four pintle bearings and eight washer-type bearings.  Thordon SXL bearings were also installed in the upper rudder stock of the vessel.

Avalon Marine Limited, Thordon Bearings’ authorized distributor for Canada’s east coast, was heavily involved early on with the recommendation and design process of the vessel’s propeller shaft and rudder system. “Once water-lubricated bearings were specified in the design, it was our job to deliver a total design solution that would accommodate the many unique aspects of the vessel.  Specs seemed to be ever-changing throughout the project but with our engineering support and expertise in the field we were able to provide a quality, pollution-free bearing solution that was tailored specifically for the trademark vessel.” says Chester McPherson, president of Avalon Marine Limited.

Bluenose II was originally launched in 1963 and was built by many of same people who had worked on the original vessel at the same shipyard in Lunenburg, NS.  Saving it from being scrapped, the vessel was transferred to the province of Nova Scotia in 1971 for just $1.   It continues today to serve as Nova Scotia's sailing ambassador and historical reminder of the famed schooner launched in 1921 and undefeated after 17 years of racing against American and Canadian vessels.

Bluenose II also benefits from new mechanical and electrical systems and much of the original vessel was reused including: rigging, masts, sails, ironwork, deck structures, safety equipment and electronics. By 2013, the vessel will resume a full schedule of sailing.

 

Maritime Reporter February 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Technology

ThyssenKrupp Says Submarines Part of Growth Story

Germany's Thyssenkrupp sees its submarine business as making an important contribution to its growth targets, the head of its Industrial Solutions business area said on Tuesday.

Added Value Innovation Drives Control of BWTS

Specifying for ballast water treatment systems can be a difficult process. Ian Hamilton, sales manager for marine electrical wiring control and instrumentation specialists CMR Group, offers guidance.

“Bright Ideas” program - Ash Center - Harvard University

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recognized the Port of Houston Partners

Ship Repair & Conversion

Added Value Innovation Drives Control of BWTS

Specifying for ballast water treatment systems can be a difficult process. Ian Hamilton, sales manager for marine electrical wiring control and instrumentation specialists CMR Group, offers guidance.

Hospital Ship Brought up to Speed with AMOS

SpecTec will work with long term partner Mercy Ships to migrate its current system Business Suite to AMOS Enterprise Management Suite (EMS).   Mercy Ships’ Africa Mercy,

Repair Yard Chosen for Lysblink Seaways

Cargo ship Lysblink Seaways will be towed to Inchgreen, Greenock for repair work after grounding last month on Scotland’s west coast.   The vessel, which ran aground February 18,

Yachts

India to Appoint Coastal Shipping Consultant

As part of Narendra Modi government plan to promote coastal shipping, India is all set to appoint a consultancy firm to assist the Shipping Ministry.    The

'Harmony of the Seas' to be World's Largest Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean International will outdo itself again when it launches MV Harmony of the Seas in April 2016 which shall officially become the world’s largest cruise ship.

Spanish Boat Wins Leg of Ocean Race

Spanish boat Mapfre has claimed victory in the Auckland leg of the of the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race from Sanya, China, to Auckland.   The Alicante-based

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3541 sec (3 req/sec)