Thordon Bearings Inc News

09 Sep 2019

MN100: Thordon Bearings Inc.

image credit: Thordon Bearings

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.

 (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

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€¦

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€¦

04 May 2017

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€¦

04 Nov 2016

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€¦

28 Aug 2015

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 Peopleā€™s Republic of China, including Macau and Hong Kong, effective August 28, 2015. With this agreement, CY Engineering becomes Thordonā€™s stocking distributor for manufacturer of nonmetallic marine bearing systems. A company with over 25 yearsā€™ experience in seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearing systems, Thordon Bearings designs and manufactures a complete range of nonmetallic sleeve bearing solutions for marineā€¦

05 Jan 2015

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.

15 Dec 2014

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€¦

15 Sep 2014

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.

07 Aug 2014

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.

07 Apr 2014

Shaw Joins Capilano Maritime Design

John Shaw

Capilano Maritime Design Ltd., a naval architecture design firm based in North Vancouver, BC, Canada, announced that John Shaw has joined the firm as Manager of Engineering. For the last six years, John was employed at Seaspan Shipyards where he played a role in the shipyardā€™s successful bid for a $2.6 billion contract for the construction of several nonā€combat ships for the Government of Canada. He has served as Technical Director for Thordon Bearings Inc. for many years during the development of their highly successful waterā€lubricated bearing products.

11 Dec 2013

Donā€™t Forget: Seawater is a Free EAL

Typical netting and rope around rotating shaft damages aft seal.

If your vessel is trading in U.S. waters, you need to be aware of the new oil to sea interface law that comes into effect on Dec. 19, 2013. According to the new U.S. Environment Protection Agency Vessel General Permit (VGP), all vessels built on or after Dec. 19, 2013, must use an environmentally acceptable lubricant (EAL) in all oil to sea interfaces. For all vessels built before this date, unless technically not feasible, ship owners must use an EAL in all oil to sea interfaces. Additional information on the EPAā€™s VGP can be found at

01 Oct 2013

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 yearā€™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. The Industry Excellence Awards recognize and honor corporations and organizations implementing tangible solutions that shape the future today.

05 Jul 2013

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.

03 Jun 2013

New Mechanical Shaft Seal from Thordon

Photo: Thordon Bearings Inc.

Thordon Bearings Inc., a company in grease and oil-free bearing solutions announced the introduction of TG100, a new water lubricated mechanical face seal for 100-305 mm (4-12ā€) shaft diameters specifically designed for operation in abrasive waters, but can operate in clean water as well. The TG100 uses Silicon Carbide seal faces designed to last the life of the vessel and operate in both clean and abrasive-laden waters. If the face seals should ever experience damage, a featureā€¦

02 May 2013

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.

09 Mar 2012

Carisbrooke Shipping Chooses Thordon Bearings

 Vectis Eagle, an 8500 dwt multi-purpose dry cargo vessel.

Eco-conscious Carisbrooke opts for seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings on latest newbuildings. The Vectis Eagle, an 8500 dwt multi-purpose dry cargo vessel, is Carisbrooke Shippingā€™s latest newbuild and first of their fleet to be fitted with Thordon COMPAC seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings. The Finnish/Swedish 1A Ice-Class vessel launched in September 2011 and is currently carrying out its maiden voyage through the Panama Canal travelling from China to Haiti and Brazil.

25 Oct 2011

Thordon Appoints Western Europe Sales Manager

George Morrison, Area Sales Manager, Western Europe

Sixteen ā€“year veteran, George Morrison has been appointed the Area Sales Manager for Western Europe replacing retiring Campbell Cunningham. According to Thordonā€™s Commercial Director, Jan Willem de Jong, Georgeā€™s experience and energy will be a catalyst for maintaining our strong growth in Western Europe. ā€œGeorge is the perfect leader to develop our existing and new products with our strong distribution networkā€, said de Jong. ā€œHe brings a wealth of bearing and seals experience combined with salesā€¦

07 Oct 2011

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.

06 Oct 2011

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€¦

02 Jun 2011

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.

26 Apr 2011

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€¦

14 Dec 2010

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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