Thordon Makes Inroads With COMPAC Shaft Bearing

Thordon Bearings has supplied its COMPAC water lubricated propeller shaft bearing systems for various commercial newbuild and conversion vessels.

Known as the company's high performance water lubricated bearing system for blue water operation, COMPAC is designed for smooth start-up and long bearing wear life. It eliminates stern tube oil, as seawater is used to lubricate and cool the bearings.

Recent clients include Gypsum Transportation of Bermuda, which has equipped its 49,270- dwt bulk carrier, Gypsum Centennial, with the pollution-free COMPAC system. Finter Group of the Netherlands has also chosen COMPAC bearings for a trio of 8,850-dwt multi-purpose dry cargo/container vessels, Fintersun, Finterstar and Fintersky - all of which are being built at Ferus Smit shipyard in the Netherlands. John Crane-Lips supplied the bearings as part of their propulsion system.

COMPAC also holds a presence within the passenger vessel industry, having garnered orders from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for two new cruise vessels being built for Princess Cruises at the yard's Nagasaki location in Japan. The bearings have been fitted on three other Princess ships as well: Star Princess, which was delivered by Fincantieri in January; Grand Princess delivered in 1998; and Golden Princess, which went into service in 2001.

Italy's Grimaldi Group has also specified Thordon's COMPAC on its new 8,000-dwt, 3,000 passenger fast ferry, La Superba, which was built by Nuovi Cantieri Apuania in Italy. The 67,000 kW, twin-screw vessel recently completed sea trials and is scheduled to enter service shortly. The 29-in.

bearings were supplied for the vessel via propulsion system Rolls Royce, Italy.

The COMPAC system has moved into celebrity status with an appearance onboard Aristotle Onassis' famed 325-ft. (99-m) yacht, Christina O, which was refurbished at Victor Lenac Shipyard in Croatia last year.

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