Thordon takes Meriaura Coasters order

28 Aug 2015

Thordon Bearings is to supply and install its COMPAC seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearing systems for two general cargo ships being built at Royal Bodewes shipyard for Finland’s Meriaura Group.

Each state-of-the-art 4,700 tonne VG EcoCoaster, designed by Meriaura Group together with partners Foreship and Aker Arctic Technology, will feature COMPAC bearings, a Thordon Water Quality Package and a forward shaft seal in order to exceed current and anticipated environmental regulations. 

Duwel Group’s Sales Manager in Finland, Thomas Forsell, said:

“Meriaura Group’s new vessels have been specifically designed with the environment in mind and our COMPAC solution means these sophisticated ships will operate without the risk of operational oil leaking from the stern,” said Thomas Forsell, sales manager of Thordon Bearing’s Swedish distributor, Duwel Group.

Meriaura says its EcoCoaster design is the most energy-efficient cargo ship of its class. 

“The revolutionary hull form minimises drag, enhances the propeller wake field and optimises the ratio between capacity and fuel consumption which, compared to similar vessels, helps us achieve our emissions reduction target,” explained Pekka Werdi, technical manager, projects, Meriaura.

“It would have made no sense to counter these environmental and efficiency gains with a propeller bearing system with a potential risk of leaking lubrication oil to sea. The COMPAC system not only removes this risk but reduces vessel operational costs without detriment to performance,” he added.

Going forward, Meriaura Group’s goal is that in five years’ time at least 50% of its fleet will consist of fuel efficient and low emission EcoCoasters that are run on biofuel produced from recycled oils. 

Meriaura’s 2012-built special purpose vessel Meri was reportedly the world’s first cargo ship to run on biofuel.

The single screw vessels’ dual fuel ABC 8DZC main engine will be capable of burning biofuel in addition to marine gas oil (MGO), while additional power for ice conditions will be provided by a diesel electric booster system.

Delivery of the first VG EcoCoaster is due at the end of July, 2016 with the second following in October, after which they will be operated by Meriaura subsidiary, VG Shipping.

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