Canada’s bearing solutions provider Thordon Bearings has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with MSR Gryfia of Poland to promote the conversion of ships to a seawater lubrication solution.
With this agreement, the companies will encourage the conversion of vessels from a sealed oil-lubricated propeller shaft to an open seawater lubricated propeller shaft Thordon bearing system.
Thordon business development manager Scott Groves said: "Leaking shaft seals are known to be a significant contributor to on-going pollution at sea.
"The use of biodegradable lubricants, which are an improvement over mineral oil, are still a very expensive option for ship owners and some are having seal compatibility issues.
"Even biodegradable lubricants still need to be reported to authorities when discharges occur. Thordon provides a solution that uses seawater as the lubricant that meets all regulations, eliminating any risk of oil pollution."
As part of this initiative, the companies will form a ship conversion team comprising representatives from both the firms, to promote this project within the marine community.
This project aims to help customers seeking to ensure their vessels are as environmentally safe as possible, in order to meet emission regulations, Thordon stated.
MSR Gryfia director of marketing Pawel Prozycki said: "As the environmental concerns of oil discharges become more and more restrictive, converting an oil-lubricated system to seawater is the only guaranteed solution for today and tomorrow."
Image: Officials of Thordon Bearings and MSR Gryfia during the signing ceremony. Photo: courtesy of Thordon Bearings Inc.