Thordon Bearings News

26 Feb 2020

EU Shipyards Specify Grease-Free Bearing System

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Canadian provider of polymer bearing solutions Thordon Bearings said that its ThorPlas-Blue has established itself as the bearing of choice for deck equipment, with European shipyards and owners frequently specifying the grease-free bearing system as standard for vesselsā€™ winches, fairleads, davits, capstans and windlasses.According to a press note from Thordon Bearings, Swedenā€™s Falkvarv AB, Oresund Dry Docks, and the Oskarshamnsvarvet shipyard have been particularly strong proponents of the grease-free bearingā€¦

01 Nov 2019

Polymer Pioneer Receives Engineering's Highest Accolade

George A. (Sandy) Thomson (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

On October 31st, 2019, George A. (Sandy) Thomson, the founder of Thordon Bearings and a pioneer in the development of advanced polymer materials, was presented with the 2019 Elmer A. Sperry Award in recognition of ā€œleading the innovation in water-lubricated propeller shaft bearingsā€ in marine transportation through the use of polymeric compounds.The award was presented to Mr. Thomson at the SNAME Maritime Convention, in Tacoma, USA, by the Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), Mr.

16 Oct 2019

MSC Cruises Returns to Thordon to Keep Seashore Clean

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Thordon Bearings has received an order to supply a water-lubricated propeller shaft bearing solution to Fincantieriā€™s Monfalcone shipyard for installation to MSC Seashore, the third Seaside Class cruiseship to which Thordonā€™s COMPAC system has been specified.As part of a scope of environmentally-sustainable technology to feature aboard the 339m long, twin screw vessel ā€“ the first of two enriched Seaside Evo Class ships scheduled to enter services in 2021 ā€“ Thordon will supply two 628mm (24.7in) diameter COMPAC propeller shaft bearingsā€¦

04 Oct 2019

Global Tiger Success for Thordon Bearings

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Canadian company Thordon Bearings has notched up another success story for a customer in the demanding offshore sector, with a bearing and seal installation in ā€œperfect conditionā€ after over three years of operation.Global Tiger, operated by UAE-based Global Marine Co is a 42m (138ft) crew/supply vessel currently in service in the Middle East. It is one of a pair of all-aluminium crewboats built by Grandweld of Dubai in 2015/2016. The vessel, with 83-person capacity, is powered by a triple-screw Caterpillar propulsion plantā€¦

09 Sep 2019

MN100: Thordon Bearings Inc.

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A perennial fixture in our prestigious MN100 edition - MarineNews' annual look at the best 100 individuals and firms in the shallow draft, brown water and workboat sectors - Thordon Bearings has been on the leading edge of environmental improvements for the marine industry for many years. The Case:Thordon has invested heavily in the inland waterway market,  keeping two warehouses well stocked with tailshaft bearings, seals and rudder bearings to ensure quick delivery. The TG100ā€¦

05 Sep 2019

Polymer Pioneer Wins Sperry Award

Thomson onboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Hudson with SeaThigor mechanical face seal installed.

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Thordon Bearingsā€™ founder and polymer materials pioneer George A. (Sandy) Thomson has been awarded the global transportation sectorā€™s most distinguished accolade, the Elmer A. Sperry Award 2019 for ā€œAdvancing the Art of Transportationā€.Thomson joins a long list of Sperry Award recipients, which was established in 1955, including Donald Douglas, Ferdinand Porsche, Sir Geoffrey De Havilland, Christopher Cockerell, Leonard Hobbs, Perry Pratt, Josef Becker and Malcom McLean.ā€œI am deeply honored and humbled to win this awardā€¦

20 Aug 2019

Thordon Names Haraldsson as Marine Business Manager

Michael Haraldsson (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Canadian-based Thordon Bearings, a leader in environmentally safe propeller shaft bearings and seal systems, has appointed Michael Haraldsson to the role of Marine Business Development Manager.A native of Sweden, Haraldsson has more than 25 years of strategic sales experience across a myriad of maritime sectors, having held senior sales positions with well-known original equipment manufacturers and service providers, including Consilium, De Nora, Jowa, and Harris Pye.Throughout his career, he has been a prominent crusader for environmental sustainability and marine safety.

12 Aug 2019

Thordon Video Makes TG100 Seal Installation a Breeze

Thordon Bearings has updated its TG100 seal installation requirements to facilitate cost-effective installation at all shipyards with the release of new instructional videos. Shipyard staff can quickly and easily install the state-of-the-art seal themselves, reducing the overall costs of TG100 procurement.In addition to instructions detailed in its TG100 Installation & Operation Manual, Thordon has produced a three-minute YouTube video outlining the steps shipyards need to take to achieve the perfect TG100 install. Additionally, a video has also been produced to guide shipyards through the ten-step process to prepare the TG100 seal for shaft withdrawal.To ensure that installation remains under warrantyā€¦

15 Apr 2019

CCG Provides Icebreaker Nod for Seathigor

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Thordon Bearings has received a Canadian Coast Guard contract to supply six award-winning SeaThigor shaft seals for retrofit installation to three purpose-built icebreakers.The 5,910grt CCGS Pierre Radisson, named after the 17th-century French fur trader and explorer, along with sisterships CCGS Amundsen and CCGS Des Groseilliers, will each be retrofitted with two SeaThigor forward seals during scheduled drydockings over the next year.The order, confirmed on the 1st of April,ā€¦

25 Feb 2019

Viking Jupiter Delivered with Thordon COMPAC

Viking Jupiter has been delivered with a Thordon Bearingsā€™ COMPAC seawater-lubricated propeller shaft system (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Viking Jupiter, the 47,800gt cruise ship built at Fincantieriā€™s shipyard in Ancona, Italy for Viking Cruises, has been delivered with a Thordon Bearingsā€™ seawater-lubricated propeller shaft system. It is the sixth Viking cruise ship to be fitted out with the COMPAC bearing arrangement.Two 930 passenger-capacity sisterships, Viking Tellus and Viking Venus, currently undergoing construction at Fincantieri and slated for delivery in 2021, have also been specified with the pollution-free Thordon system.

30 Oct 2018

Thordon Advises on VGP Delay

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Thordon Bearings has advised its customers with newbuilds under construction to make sure they have the necessary documentation in place permitting operations in U.S. waters prior to 18th December 2018.The advice follows the October 10 announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the 2013 Vessel General Permit, due to expire in December 2018, will now be administratively continued till at least March 2019, when an updated version, VGP 3.0, will be introduced.ā€œThe delay in introducing VGP 3.0 means that operators of existing vessels looking to operate in U.S.

18 Oct 2018

Thordon Bearings Strengthens European Presence

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Thordon Bearings, the provider of bearing solutions for marine, has signed sales and distribution agreements with St. Petersburg-based Industrial & Marine Projects (IMPRO) and Tallinnā€™s Marine Ecology Equipment (MEE), in a development that anticipates the introduction of more stringent pollution rules for European waterways.The appointment of new distributors for Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia and Azerbaijan coincides with concern that more should be done to reduce the impactā€¦

29 Aug 2018

Lomar's Super-Eco Boxships Mark Breakthrough for Thordon Bearings

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Delaware Trader, the first of two 2,700TEU newbuild containerships that Chinaā€™s Guangzhou Wenchong Shipyard is delivering to Lomar Shipping this year, has been fitted with a seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearing system from Thordon Bearings.The vessel represents another breakthrough for Thordon Bearingsā€™ COMPAC seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearing system in the European-owned containership segment.London-headquartered Lomar Shipping, a privately-owned ship owning and management companyā€¦

08 Aug 2018

Thordon Bearings, Heddle Marine Partner for Propeller Shaft Conversions


Mr. Shaun Padulo, President at Heddle Marine (left) and Mr. Terry McGowan (right), President and CEO at Thordon Bearings (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Thordon Bearings Inc. and Heddle Marine Service Inc. have signed a cooperative agreement under which the Canada-based ship repair company will work together with Thordon Bearings Inc. to promote the conversion of shipsā€™ oil lubricated propeller shafts to Thordonā€™s COMPAC open seawater lubricated bearing system.The agreement will create an action plan in which a specialist team, comprised of Heddle Marine and Thordon Bearingsā€™ personnel, to offer support to ship managers and ownersā€¦

15 May 2018

Alexis Marine To Retrofit Rivertough to Salt Lugger

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Louisiana-based inland workboat operator Alexis Marine has awarded a supply contract to Thordon Bearings for the retrofitting of 6in diameter RiverTough bearings to MV Kristin Alexis, the 60ft twin-screw towboat built by Bollinger Shipyard in 1969.Both the vesselā€™s shafts will be withdrawn at New Orleans yard Bayou Fabricators and Machine Works, where the original rubber bearings will be replaced with Thordonā€™s RiverTough tailshaft bearings.The polymer bearing manufacturer willā€¦

16 Jul 2018

Thordon Bearings: EAL Protection in a Class of its Own

The ideal solution for the tightening regulatory noose also brings a different (and welcome) shade of ā€˜greenā€™ for workboat operators.As the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ramps up enforcement of regulations that mandate that all vessels over 24 meters (78 feet) operating in US waters must switch over to EALs in all oil-to-sea interfaces before their next drydocking, it is an arguably good time to be in the lubricants business. At the same time, Thordon Bearings, a manufacturer of seawater lubricated bearings for the marine industry has its own thoughts on that very topic.

26 Jul 2018

Mooring Installation Highlights Thordon's Range

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The bearing installations to two Calm Buoys operating offshore Libya are indicative of the wide-range of applications Thordonā€™s environmentally-safe bearing systems have outside the companyā€™s traditional maritime market.A total of 48 bearings and bushings were supplied in 2014 for installation to the chain stoppers of Monobuoyā€™s 400t turntable Calm Buoys, a single point mooring system designed to allow oil tankers to load and offload cargoes offshore, without having to berth alongside the refinery.

04 Jun 2018

Oil-to-water Conversions Success for Great Lakes Bulkers

A Thordon COMPAC installation (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

The oil-to-water lubricated tailshaft conversion Thordon Bearings carried out last year to the 26,260dwt Great Lakes Fleet-managed bulk carrier SS John G. Munson has successfully completed its first season as a diesel-powered ship.The shaft conversion of the 1952-built self-unloader formed a key part of the mammoth 12-month power conversion project completed last year by Fincantieriā€™s Bay Shipbuilding yard, in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.The vesselā€™s steam propulsion plant was replaced with an energy efficient medium-speed diesel arrangement.

30 May 2017

Tropical Opts for Seawater Lubricated Shaft Package

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Thordon Bearingsā€™ Jacksonville-based distributor Coppedge Marine has secured an order with Tropical Shipping for the COMPAC seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearing system. The COMPAC systems destined for two 300TEU box ships under construction in China, at the Guangzhou Huangpu Wenchong Shipyard, will represent a first reference for COMPAC with this ship owner. ā€œTropical Shipping is a long-standing customer to whom we have supplied various Thordon equipment over the years,ā€ said Ed Coppedge, Vice-President, Coppedge Marine.

11 Oct 2017

OTI Installs Thordon's Largest TG100 Seal

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Offshore Towing Inc (OTI) has completed the refurbishment of its 1974-built 9000hp-class tug Zion Falgout at the Conrad Deepwater shipyard, in Morgan City, La. The milestone project involved the retrofitting of TG100 seals in what marks OTIā€™s first mechanical shaft seal installation and the largest diameter TG100 series seals ever supplied by Thordon Bearings. An 11.75in (298mm) diameter seal was installed to each propeller shaft of the 66.88t bollard pull twin-screw workhorse.

24 Jan 2018

Biodegradable Lubricants Under Spotlight

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Thordon Bearings has welcomed an industry initiative to evaluate the effect of biodegradable lubricants on sterntube bearings following a reported marked increase in sealed oil lubricated propeller shaft bearing failures. While many ship operators consider the rise in use of environmentally acceptable lubricants (EAL) a cure-all to meeting environmental regulations, particularly in waters where the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has regulated the use of mineral oils, their performance as a propeller shaft bearing lubricant has come under increasing scrutiny.

27 Feb 2018

Log-In Logística selects COMPAC

COMPAC bearings with key slots for fixed key Thordon Bearings

The containership segmentā€™s commitment to ocean sustainability has been underscored with another order for Thordon Bearingsā€™ COMPAC water lubricated propeller shaft bearing concept. The decision by Brazil-based cabotage carrier Log-In Logística to select the Thordon solution for a 2700TEU newbuild Log-In Polaris, is indicative of a trend in the sector for mitigating against the risk of oil pollution by adopting the simpler, environmentally-safer water-lubricated propel shaft concept.

30 Apr 2018

Thordon to Eqip New Class of Towboat

Installation of Thordonā€™s RiverTough water-lubricated bearing (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Thordon Bearings, of Burlington, Ont., has received an order to supply four comprehensive shipsets of stern gear for a new class of towboat.The four boats are being built by U.S. shipyard Master Marine of Bayou La Batre, Ala., for Waterfront Services, based in of Cairo, Ill.. The new vessels have been designed to meet the requirements of Subchapter M, a set of federal rules recently introduced by the U.S. Coast Guard, relating to the inspection requirement for towboats, including seaworthiness standards and safety protocols.The 67ft x 28ft boatsā€¦

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