Thordon Bearings and Drydocks World-Dubai (DDW-D) have signed an agreement under which the two companies will work together to promote the conversion of ships’ oil lubricated propeller shafts to Thordon’s COMPAC open seawater lubricated bearing system.
The agreement will create an action plan through which a specialist team, comprised of DDW-D and Thordon Bearings’ personnel, will offer support to ship managers and owners looking to ensure their vessels are fully compliant with environmental legislation prohibiting the discharge of oil from the oil-to-sea interface of ships’ propeller shafts. Shipowners could face substantial financial penalties if their vessels are found to be non-compliant, it is claimed.
Mohammad Rizal, chief operating officer at DDW-D, said: “By entering into this partnership, we will not only have an opportunity to expand our service offering, but will also have the chance to provide our customers with a real, long-term solution to the environmental problems they face with oil lubricated stern tube bearings and seals. With concerns increasingly being raised about the impact oil discharges have on the marine environment, converting an oil lubricated system to seawater is the only guaranteed solution for today and tomorrow.”
This new partnership agreement could provide a win-win situation for both parties. DDW-D will stand to benefit from having new customers and a new revenue stream with oil-to-water conversions, while Thordon Bearings will benefit from supplying the COMPAC seawater lubricated bearing equipment for upcoming conversion projects. Under the terms of the agreement, Thordon Bearings will also provide equipment, training and guidance to support the yard in carrying out propeller shaft conversion projects to the highest standards and in the most efficient and cost effective manner.