Thordon Bearings to Provide Fincantieri with Propellor Shaft Bearing Systems

(Burlington, Canada - 28 Feb. 2007): Fincantieri has ordered Thordon seawater lubricated COMPAC propeller shaft bearing systems for a new 116,000GT cruise ship being built for Princess Cruises at the Monfalcone Shipyard in Italy for 2008 delivery. This will be the tenth Carnival Corp.-owned ship fitted with seawater lubricated COMPAC bearings since the first installation in 1998 on Grand Princess.

The COMPAC tapered key bearing system is similar to those supplied by Thordon to the nine other Princess/P&O Cruises ships. “Seawater is pumped from the sea chest to the stern tube and strut bearings and exits from the bearing to the sea (there is no aft seal and no oil). The COMPAC tapered key system allows inspection of the bearing and shaft journal without withdrawing the shaft from the ship,” said John Shaw, Technical Director, Thordon Bearings Inc. There are currently over 500 ships operating with pollution-free COMPAC propeller shaft bearings.

Thordon Bearings Inc. designs and manufactures a complete range of environmentally friendly propeller shaft, rudder and shaftline products for the global marine market. Recognized internationally for superior performance in marine applications, Thordon Bearings has a worldwide customer service network in over 70 countries.

Attached photo: Thordon COMPAC bearing removed, inspected and re-installed without shaft withdrawal at recent 8 year dry-docking of Grand Princess at Fincantieri Palermo Shipyard, Italy.

Contact Thordon:

Craig Carter, Marketing Manager: craigc@thomson-gordon.com

Thordon Bearings Inc.
3225 Mainway Drive
Burlington, Ontario L7M 1A6 CANADA
(905) 335-1440 / Fax: (905) 335-4033