Newsworks 2008.1

June 28, 2008

NewsWorks Online is Thordon's web-based newsletter specifically developed for users of oil-free and grease-free bearings in the Marine, Hydro-turbine, Industrial and Offshore industries. You will find application information from Thordon customers regarding their latest environmentally friendly Thordon bearing applications.


THORDON SOLVES USCG STERN TUBE PROBLEM WITH A SOLUTION FOR THE FUTURE
Thordon XL propeller shaft bearings have helped solve a stern tube problem that has plagued the U.S. Coast Guard Ice-Breaker Polar Sea since 1992. Due to the harsh arctic environment in which it operates, the 13,500-ton displacement Polar Sea, one of the world's most powerful non-nuclear powered triple screw icebreakers, suffered repeated corrosion and fretting wear within the shafts. This resulted in damage to the support lands for the stern tube bearing carriers. <MORE>

MARCO POLO FITTED WITH THORDON AT MALTA SHIPYARDS
Marco Polo is a 180m (591ft.) cruise liner propelled by two 563.5mm (22.185") diameter tailshafts running on a water lubricated stern tube bearing system. She entered Malta Shipyards on the 19th March, 2007 for a 21-day refit which included the replacement of the two tailshafts with reconditioned ones, installation of two new propellers, conversion of stern tube bearings system to Thordon COMPAC from lignum vitae, installation of a Thordon Water Quality Package for each shaft and last but not least, renewal of the tailshaft coating system from conventional fibreglass to Thordon's Thor-Coat shaft coating. The Classification Society was DNV. <MORE>

THORDON BEARINGS HELP ENSURE RELIABLE PERFORMANCE OF NEW AHTS VESSELS
Anchor Handling Tug Supply (AHTS) vessels are the toughest tugs in the sea. These hardy ships perform the challenging job of towing oil platforms to location and anchoring them into position. Often working dozens of miles offshore, the consequences of a propeller shaft or stern roller failure can be dire. Reliability is a must. That's why Bender Shipbuilding selected Thordon bearings for the new AHTS's they are currently constructing.<MORE>

TECHO-BLOC SWITCHES TO THORDON SXL AND SAVES THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS
In the masonry block manufacturing industry, time is, quite literally, money. When a machine goes down for maintenance, each second that ticks by is like a dollar sign eating away at the bottom line. In fact, it's not uncommon for downtime costs per hour to be well into the four digits. So when Techo-Bloc replaced bronze bushings with Thordon SXL - and, subsequently, increased uptime by more than 90% - the Company couldn't have been more delighted. <MORE>