Is A Water-Lubricated Propeller Shaft Arrangement More Efficient Than Podded Propulsion?

August 23, 2016
A Thordon Bearings White Paper
In the twenty-five years since the first podded propulsion system was introduced to optimise the ice-breaking performance and manoeuvrability of ice-breakers operating in the far North, the pod has now more than 400 installations on various ship types, including super-yachts, high-speed ferries, oil tankers and offshore vessels and rigs.

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New Rules for Water Lubrication

April 07, 2016

In the Feb/Mar issue of Marine Propulsion they published two articles that mentioned Thordon and the classification changes for seawater lubricated bearing systems. One focused on COMPAC and the advances in seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearings. While the other looked at RiverTough’s performance in harsh environments. To read these articles click here.

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Cruise Lines Spearhead Efficiency Drive

February 20, 2015

January issue of Ship Efficiency Insight features a segment from Craig Carter, Director of Marketing and Customer Service regarding Thordon COMPAC seawater lubricated bearings, EAL's and stricter environmental legislation. To read full article click here.

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Cruise Sector Utilizes the Ultimate EAL – Seawater

November 27, 2014

In shipping circles it’s the cruise sector spearheading the most natural lubricant of all, writes Paul Bartlett

The global cruise industry is often at the leading edge of advances in technology. Cruise majors have been early adopters of cold ironing, for example, advanced coatings both underwater and on deck, and energy-saving initiatives such as advanced trim control.

Now the cruise industry is spearheading what must be the ultimate ‘environmentally acceptable lubricant’ – sea water. To be fair, sea water lubricated propeller shaft lines from Canada’s Thordon Bearings are not new. To read full article in Seatrade Cruise Review click here

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Converting an Oil-Lubricated Bearing to Water for Environmental Gains

November 16, 2012

With environmental policies and legislations at every level of government becoming more stringent, the potential environmental and financial costs of an oil leak are causing many energy producers to consider water lubrication of bearings over conventional oil systems.  Converting a lower turbine guide bearing from an oil-lubricated system to a water-lubricated system potentially provides the same operational reliability of an oil-lubricated system without any risk of accidental or operational oil discharge to the environment.  To read the full article in Hydro Review Worldwide click Converting an Oil-Lubricated Bearing to Water for Enviromental Gains

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Zero Oil Means Zero Environmental Impact

May 08, 2012

(The Naval Architect, May 2012) Seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings use no oil-based lubricants and can bring 0-EI (zero environmental impact) below the waterline, writes Craig Carter, Director of Marketing at Thordon Bearings, following the company's presentation to the IMO's DE56 meeting in February.

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