A 7506TEU containership has actually left Drydocks World-Dubai (DDW) using the rudder that is biggest bearing ever before made by Thordon Bearings.
The 2001-built vessel, run by a European owner, had been retrofitted with a 1230mm (4ft) lengthy, 1111mm (3.6ft) diameter SXL bearing after the vessel’s preliminary bronze rudder bearing required replacement due to put on this is certainly exorbitant.
Thordon’s approved Distributor within the U.A.E. – Ocean energy Overseas (OPI) – was called by DDW to position an option forward rudder bearing answer, with OPI recommending Thordon’s grease-free SXL polymer bearing.
Utilizing the quick way to obtain product which is fitted through the vessels’ planned drydocking becoming a choice this is certainly crucial, Thordon and OPI mobilized to create and provide the bearing in record time.
From obtaining your order, it took only 3 days to make, ship, deliver, device and fit the bearing this is certainly record-breaking substance nitrogen through the entire twelve-day drydocking in November.
The property owner also benefitted from Thordon’s special Rudder this is certainly 15-year Bearing Life Guarantee, which takes care of the supply of this replacement in the event that bearing wears out and calls for restoration within fifteen years of installation.
Rafid Qureshi, handling Director of Dubai-based OPI, explained: “Thordon’s Burlington facility produced the polymer this is certainly self-lubricating in less than a day. The bearing ended up being loaded on to a fully planned Emirates Airlines day at Dubai, where U.A.E. Practices rapidly eliminated the merchandise, put up and delivered an extra 24 hours.
“Ocean Power Global is generally accepted as a solution this is certainly crucial that you the U.A.E.’s maritime business, therefore we do get concern approval on gear headed to Dubai Drydocks. DDW could not think it absolutely was made, delivered and transported in merely 3 x. The CEO labeled as me to thank us when it comes to fast recovery.”
Scott Groves, VP income, Thordon Bearings, stated: “The owner is really pleased with the 24/7 customer solution both Thordon Bearings and OPI offer. Rafid along with his staff often deliver bearings for vital, time sensitive and painful jobs during the early hours, but here is the time this is certainly initially have actually delivered a bearing with this particular size… as well as in such record time.
“The application of grease-free deck gear and bearings that are rudder firmly with the owner’s commitment to safeguarding the surroundings, and its own staff members’ health and safety.
The connected labour, price and smog resource is removed“Since there is not a necessity to grease our bearings. Internal lubricants formulated to the material decrease rubbing, leading to smoother, more durable, grease-free bearing procedure.”
Thordon’s SXL product has actually a diminished modulus of elasticity than many other bearings which are non-metallic resulting in dramatically increased vibration dampening, accommodation of side running and much better influence weight. This overall performance and dependability tend to be obvious with nearly 4500 rudder bearing programs on vessels.
OPI ordinarily presently dealing with DDW on numerous tasks to replace containership fairleads with Thordon’s grease-free bearings that are thorPlas-Blue.