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Thordon Bearings lands major container ship deal

Burlington manufacturer to make sea-water lubricated bearings for Matson Navigation.


An artist’s impression of Matson’s Aloha-class containership. Image: Matson

An artist’s impression of Matson’s Aloha-class containership.
Image: Matson

BURLINGTON, Ont. — Thordon Bearings has signed what it describes as “a landmark contract” to supply COMPAC bearings to two containerships under construction at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyardmatson for Matson Navigation Co. Inc.

Thordon Bearings, a manufacturer of seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearing systems based in Burlington, Ont., said the order is significant.

“It represents the first large containership reference for the manufacturer and the largest commercial ship propeller shafts to be fitted with COMPAC seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearings,” the company said in a release.

The 3600TEU ‘Aloha Class’ Jones Act vessels, the largest containerships built, will each feature a COMPAC bearing system for a 930 millimetre diameter shaft driving an 8.1 metre diameter fixed pitch propeller.

“These new ships are the future for Hawaii shipping and will bring a new level of efficiency and effectiveness to our service,” said Matt Cox, Matson’s president and CEO.”

Craig Carter, Thordon Bearings’ head of marketing and customer services said its COMPAC bearings will reduce the impact the ships have on the marine environment by removing the risk of non-compliance with US Vessel General Permit stern tube oil to sea interface rules.

The US Environmental Protection Agency ruled in December 2013 that vessels over 24 metres (79 feet) must adopt environmentally acceptable lubricants in all oil-to-sea interfaces before their next drydocking, and recommended that seawater lubricated bearings be used in propeller shaft lines.

Matson is a Pacific Ocean shipping company based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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