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Thordon Bearings Shortlisted for Environmental Award

Installing Thordon's seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearing replacing metal bearing and oil

Canadian manufacturer, Thordon Bearingsā€™ seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings have been shortlisted for the Ocean Environmental Protection Award at the 2011 Sustainable Shipping Awards to be held in London, England, July 7, 2011. There are currently over 2000 ships using Thordon seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings and that list is growing. Thordonā€™s bearing system completely eliminates oil from the ship stern tube by using seawater as the lubrication medium and Thordon non-metallic bearings in place of the metal bearings.

MN 100: Thordon Bearings Inc.

Thordon Bearings Inc. designs and manufactures a complete range of polymer bearing and shaft line products for the marine, clean power generation, pump, offshore and industrial markets. Thordonā€™s strong and recognizable global brand is known for high quality and superior performance, eliminating oil and grease from bearing applications in ships, hydro-turbines, vertical pumps and many other applications. New ideas from the field are brought to New Product Development, who continually evaluate new polymers, products and application designs.

Mill Log Marine Partnership with Thordon Bearings

Mill Log Marine announces Thordon Bearings components are now available in British Columbia. Mill Log Marine, Burnaby, BC ( announced that Thordon Bearings Inc. ( has collaborated with its Burnaby, BC distributorship to represent Thordonā€™s environmentally friendly state-of-the-art polymer products in Western Canada. ā€œMill Log Marineā€™s reputation, expertise and knowledge of the marine market gives us great confidence in knowing that our products will be strongly supported in western Canadaā€, added Axel Swanson, Technical Sales Representative, Thordon Bearings Inc. Don Lindsey, Director of Sales & Marketing for Mill Log Marine statedā€¦

Thordon, DDW-D Partner for Shaft Line Conversions

Terry McGowan, President and CEO, Thordon Bearings (seated right), and Mohammad Rizal (left), Chief Operating Officer of Drydocks World- Dubai, sign an agreement that affirms the two companiesā€™ efforts to convert ships to seawater lubricated propeller shaft lines from oil (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Thordon Bearings and Drydocks World-Dubai (DDW-D) have signed an agreement under which the UAE-based shipyard 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 Drydocks World-Dubai and Thordon Bearingsā€™ personnel, offer support to ship managers and owners looking to ensureā€¦

Thordon Wins Environmental Award

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

COMPAC, Thordon Bearingsā€™ 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. Dr. Karen Purnell, the Managing Director of the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), who sat on the award judging panel alongside representatives from INTERTANKO, IACS, UK MCA and Scorpio Tankers, said, ā€œIt is aā€¦

Cutterhead Shaft Bearings Last 9 Years on Dredger

Thordon Composite cutterhead shaft bearings prior to installation on the Dā€™Artagnan owned by DEME

Water lubricated Thordon Composite cutterhead shaft bearings have performed well for nine years on one of the largest cutter suction dredgers in the worldā€“Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering N.V. (DEME)ā€™s D'Artagnan (28,200 kW total installed power). The vessel had a major dry docking at Drydocks World-Dubai in February 2014 where the shaft was removed, and bearings and shaft inspected. Originally built in 2005, the D'Artagnanself-propelled cutter suction dredgeris involved in very heavy rock-breaking having a cutting power for operations in rock soils of 6000 kW.

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 Bearingsā€™ US West Coast Distributor, Pacific Marine Equipment has successfully completed the installation of a pair of TG100 mechanical propeller shaft seals to Hornblower Cruises & Eventsā€™ 1000-passenger capacity twin screw flagship, Inspiration Hornblower. Hornblower, one of the leading river cruise operators in the U.S., operates a fleet of 70 sightseeing and dinner cruise vessels in several cities across the Golden State, the United States and Canada. Todd Terry, President, Pacific Marine Equipment, Thordon Bearingsā€™ U.S.

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 worldā€™s largest manufacturer of non-metallic oil and grease free bearing systems. ā€œMill Log Marineā€™s reputation, expertise and knowledge of the marine market gives us great confidence in knowing that our products will be strongly supported in western Canadaā€, added Jan Willem de Jong, Commercial Director, Thordon Bearings Inc. Don Lindsey, Director of Sales & Marketing for Mill Log Marine stated: ā€œThordon Bearings Inc. Thordon Bearings Inc.

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 worldā€™s oceans with each installation of a seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing. To be launched officially on April 22 to coincide with Earth Day 2016, the worldā€™s largest environmental movement, now in its 46th year, the Oil Savings Calculator shows that more than 60 million liters of oil pollution has been saved to date. ā€œIn our opinion the only acceptable propeller shaft stern tube oil leakage is zero.ā€ said Terry McGowan, President & CEO Thordon Bearings. ā€œThanks to those vessels that have already installed seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearingsā€¦

Thordon Launches New Service/Support Concept

Canadaā€™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, rudder and deck equipment products. With a new global service network operating 24/7 in more than 100 countries, the Thordon GSS network is intended to show shipyards and repairers the simplicity of installing or retrofitting Thordon Bearing products and systems, including the COMPAC water-lubricated propeller shaft bearing system, while providing operators with comprehensive support for all their Thordon applications.

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 companiesā€™ 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. The goal of this movementā€¦

Grand Princess Latest Propeller Shaft bearing wear Data

On May 26, 1998, then the largest cruise ship in the world, 109,000 GT Grand Princess, made her inaugural voyage with a 12 night cruise from Barcelona to Istanbul. Unlike contemporary cruise vessels at the time, she was fitted with seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings. Due to her size, risk studies completed by the technical team at Princess Cruises/P&O, in conjunction with the shipbuilder, Fincantieri, indicated that few drydocks could take a vessel of this size. Any unscheduled drydocking to repair a stern tube seal leaking oil could result in substantial financial lossesā€¦

Website for Technical Info on Grease & Oil Discharges

With ship owners under scrutiny as never before over illegal oil and grease discharges, Thordon Bearings has launched its new website giving ship owners and managers new technical information, proven references, success stories and videos, providing solutions to eliminate oil and grease from bearings.  Visitors can view Thordon propeller shaft, rudder and deck equipment bearing solutions for all types of commercial and naval vessels as well as dredge, offshore and pump applications.  Also featured is a news section featuring the latest application stories and articles written about oil and grease free solutions for the marine industry. Visitors can also easily locate their local Thordon distributor or find one wherever they are in the world.  

ā€˜Seawater is the Ultimate EALā€™

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

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 ā€œthe most environmentally safe lubricantā€ there is: seawater. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is enforcing regulations introduced in December 2013 that stipulate that all vessels over 24 meters in length operating in U.S. waters must switch over to EALs in all oil-to-sea interfaces before their next drydocking.

New Thorplas-Blue Bearings on the Market

ThorPlas group

Thordon Bearings Inc. has launched the newest addition to their greaseā€free polymer lineup: ThorPlasā€Blue. The lifetime lubricated bearing formula is capable of operating pressures up to 45MPa (6,527 psi) and can be easily backā€fit into virtually all deck machinery applications where greased bronze is currently installed. ThorPlasā€Blue was developed as a maintenanceā€free solution to replaced greased bronze bearings as well as eliminate a source of pollution. Deck machinery and steering gear bearings require frequent maintenance and grease lubrication.

SNAME Honors Thordon's Sandy Thomson

SNAME honored Thordon's 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). This is quite an honor for Thomson who has a long family history in the maritime industry. Thomsonā€™s great, great grandfather was a deep sea captain sailing the Great Lakes before becoming a lighthouse keeper; his uncle was head of Shell Canada when Shell maintained a fleet of steam powered tankers operating on the Great Lakesā€¦

Bearing System Sees No Wear After 20,000 Hours

Inland Barge Servicesā€™ push boat Ramona serves the communities along Alaskaā€™s Yukon River (courtesy of Inland Barge Service Inc)

After nine years of operation in the harsh, abrasive waters of Alaskaā€™s Yukon River, aboard Inland Barge Serviceā€™s push boat Ramona, Thordon Bearingsā€™ 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 workboatā€™s cracked struts underwent repair in dry-dock. Charles Hnilickaā€¦

Thordon Appoints New Regional Manager

Sam Williams was appointed Regional Manager for China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam for Thordon Bearings, INc. The position is effective from May 1.  

LNG Bulker Cements Thordon's Green Future

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

Sea trials aboard Greenland, the worldā€™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. "Erik Thun has truly raised the standard in sustainable shipping with this vessel, pushing the boundaries of environmental possibilities to a completely new level," said Tommy Holmgren, Sales Director with the Duwel Group, Thordon Bearingsā€™ distributor in Sweden.

Thordon Reports Big Orders from Chinese Shipyards

Photo: Thordon Bearings

Thordon Bearings has received an order for a total of 20 seawater-lubricated COMPAC Propeller Shaft Bearing Systems for Chinese shipyards, marking the Canadian companyā€™s most significant order for commercial vessels. Thordon Bearings, a manufacturer of advanced seawater-lubricated stern tube bearing systems, will supply COMPAC and Thordon Water Quality Packages for installation to various merchant and offshore newbuilds under construction for an undisclosed Chinese shipowner.

Thordon Bearings Bags Alaska Ferry Contract

Photo: Thordon Bearings

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, will deliver the Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant (EAL)-compliant COMPAC propeller shaft bearing system for shaft diameters of 267mm. The twin-screw, 280ft long Alaska-class ferries will each have capacity to carry 300 passengersā€¦

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, will deliver the Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant (EAL)-compliant COMPAC propeller shaft bearing system for shaft diameters of 267mm (10.5ā€). Thordon has a strong history with Alaskan State Ferries with its seawater lubricated bearings installed on the Matanuska, Tustumena and Kennicott.

Milgem Frigates Equipped with COMPAC

Thordon COMPAC Bearings with tapered key set installed in bronze carriers prior to shipping to customer. Photo courtesy Thordon Bearings Inc.

Istanbul Naval Shipyards has installed Thordon COMPAC seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings on the new Turkish Navy Milgem Frigates. The keel was laid for the first vessel, TCG Heybeliada (F-511), in July 2005. Launched in September 2008, the vessel is scheduled to commission in early 2011. The second vessel in class, TCG Büyükada (F-512), was laid in September 2008. It is scheduled to be launched in 2010 and commissioned in 2013. The Milgem class frigates are 324 ft in length with a displacement of 2000 tons.

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