COMPAC bearings for US containerships
Thordon Bearings has signed a contract to supply COMPAC seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing solutions to two Jones Act containerships.
The containerships are currently under construction at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. for the Matson Navigation Company.
“The new ships are the future for Hawaii shipping and will bring a new level of efficiency and effectiveness to our service,” said Matt Cox, president and CEO of Matson.
He added: “The substantial investment in new technology underscores Matson’s long-term commitment to Hawaii and our desire to serve the islands in the best, most environmentally friendly way into the future.”
This order represents the first large containership reference for the manufacturer and the largest commercial ship propeller shafts to be fitted with COMPAC bearings.
The 3600teu Aloha Class vessels will each feature a COMPAC bearing system for a 930mm diameter shafting driving an 8.1m diameter fixed pitch propeller.
David Marshall, Thordon Bearings senior regional manager, said: “This order is one of the most important commercial ship contracts we have ever received for the COMPAC solution. Not only does it provide us with a number of significant ‘firsts’ but it shows that liner companies trading in US waters are taking the new VGP rules very seriously.”
“Matson has become the first liner company to make the switch and it delivers confidence to the market that the seawater-lubrication is the only environmentally and commercially acceptable solution to operational oil pollution," he concluded.
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