Polar Code and the Arctic Shipping Forum North America

October 27, 2014 (Blog Posts)

Last week I attended the Arctic Shipping North America Conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada.  The conference focused on shipping in Canada’s arctic as well as the Polar Code which was finalised last week at MEPC67 in preparation for submission to all countries soon. 

At many times during the conference, the Polar Code was mentioned as bringing the world up to the same standards as Canada’s Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act. This is interesting, as the Canadian law states the same as the Polar Code: Any discharge into the sea of oil or oily mixtures from any ships is prohibited.


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D’Artagnan Dredger Boasts 9-Year Wear Life of Cutterhead Shaft Bearings

October 22, 2014 (Press Releases)

Water lubricated Thordon Composite cutterhead shaft bearings have performed well for 9 years on one of the largest cutter suction dredgers in the world –Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering N.V. (DEME)’s D'Artagnan (28,200 kW total installed power).


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Thordon Bearings Announces Distributor Changes in Europe

October 08, 2014 (Press Releases)

Thordon Bearings Inc. of Canada is pleased to announce that Duwel Group will be the new, authorized Thordon distributor for Norway, United Kingdom, and Finland.  Duwel has been active in Sweden for over 22 years and is ready and capable to provide high quality sales and service support in these countries.
 


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Ship Owners Face Challenges operating in the Arctic

October 06, 2014 (Blog Posts)

Oct. 6, 2014

The IMO intends to have a mandatory Polar Code approved by the end of 2014, with projected implementation in 2016 or 2017. 

For ship owners, the shortened trade route to Asia from eastern North America or Western Europe would, of course, take less time and therefore be less costly, however, there are many challenges for the ship owner.


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More Cruise Ships Using Seawater Lubricated Shaft Lines

September 05, 2014 (Press Releases)

Over 30% of cruise ships on order will have reduced operating costs and zero risk of oil discharges.

Of the 30 cruise ships that are currently on order, 1/3 of them will be equipped with seawater lubricated propeller shaft lines requiring no oil and no aft seal, eliminating high operating maintenance costs. Past users of this technology – Princess Cruises and Disney Cruise Lines began equipping their ships in 1998 and continue today with recent newbuildings using seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings. And now cruise lines such as Viking Ocean Cruises, Regent Seven Seas and MSC Cruises are also building ships with seawater lubricated shaft lines.


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Don’t forget….Seawater is a FREE Environmentally Acceptable Lubricant (EAL)

October 30, 2013 (Press Releases)

Two thirds of the world is covered in it - the most obvious and compliant EAL is right under our noses – Seawater.

If your vessel is trading in US 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.  


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