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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Thordon Receives Ocean Exchange Industry Excellence Award

September 30, 2013 (Press Releases)

Thordon Bearings Inc. received this year’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, USA.  Recognized for eliminating oil discharges from commercial ships using seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings, Thordon was one of 3 international recipients of the prestigious award.  

View Award & Presentation Video here.


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Oil leakage rules in Polar Code versus U.S. EPA rules

September 03, 2013 (Blog Posts)

Shouldn’t the oil leakage rules in Polar Code proposed by the U.S. match U.S. EPA rules?

I am hoping someone can explain to me the position of the United States on the Polar Code relating to oil to sea interfaces on ships compared to the new US EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP).  In the U.S. EPA VGP, that comes into force on Dec. 19, 2013, (Section 2.2.9), there is no indecision  when it comes to EAL's -  vessels must use it.  However, the proposal put forward by the U.S.A. (DE 57/11/9) relating to the Polar Code suggests a different story.


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NAMJet Marine Propulsion units now equipped with Thordon

August 07, 2013 (Press Releases)

For over 25 years NAMJet’s advanced marine propulsion systems have set the standard for thrust, durability and speed.  Now utilizing two Thordon grades, RiverTough in the TRAKTOR JET’S stator bearings and ThorPlas-Blue in the steering linkages, NAMJet’s performance is unmatched when it comes to grease-free operation in abrasive operating environments.


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New lifetime lubricated ThorPlas-Blue is the ideal bearing solution for high pressure industrial applications

July 10, 2013 (Press Releases)

Thordon Bearings Inc, a world leader in grease and oil-free bearing solutions, has launched its newest addition to their grease-free polymer lineup - ThorPlas-Blue.  The lifetime lubricated polymer is capable of operating pressures to 45MPa (6,527 psi) and is ideal for a variety of pump, industrial, hydro-turbine and marine applications in bearing, rod and sheet forms.


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