October 06, 2014
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.
September 05, 2014
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.
October 30, 2013
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.
September 30, 2013
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.
September 03, 2013
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.
August 07, 2013
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.