Thordon to supply more seawater lubricated bearing systems to Fincantieri

2024-03-15T18:36:47+00:00 March 15th, 2024|Technology|

Fincantieri’s Sestri Ponente (Genoa) shipyard has ordered another set of Thordon Bearnings’ COMPAC open seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearing systems.

This will be installed on the second ship in Oceania Cruises’ ‘Allura’ class, under construction at the yard and scheduled to join the Miami-based company’s fleet in 2025.

The twin screw ’Allura’ will feature three COMPAC bearings per shaft to fit propeller shaft diameters of 510 mm.

The same configuration was supplied to the first of the 67,000 gt cruise ships –  ’Vista’ – which was delivered in May last year, and is now operating in the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central America.

Seawater lubricated 505 mm COMPAC bearings were installed on the 65,000 gt ’Marina’ and ’Riviera’, which the shipyard delivered in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Stefano Resaz, Sales Manager at Pedrotec, Thordon’s authorised Italian distributor, who has been working closely with Fincantieri for more than 25 years, said: “When these first two vessels were built, Oceania Cruises, a division of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, decided to build two new ships on the same propulsion platform. We are delighted they have chosen COMPAC once again.”

Thordon Bearings’ seawater lubricated propeller shaft packages have also been specified for a series of new cruise ships that Fincantieri is building for MSC Group’s luxury cruise brand Explora Journeys.

A COMPAC package has already been installed on ’Explora I’ and is also specified for’ Explora II’. Orders for the third and fourth vessels in the series are anticipated.

Two years ago, the 170,400 gt ’MSC Seashore’ was delivered from Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard with a COMPAC bearing system, following on from the similarly equipped ’MSC Seaside’ and ’MSC Seaview’, delivered in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

‘MSC Seashore’ was not only the largest cruise ship to be built in Italy but was also said to be one of the sector’s ‘greenest’ ships.

“Our close relationship with Fincantieri dates back to 1998 and reflects an ever-wider take-up of seawater lubricated propeller shaft bearings for cruise ships,” said Malcolm Barratt, Thordon’s Regional Manager – Southern Europe and Middle East.

“COMPAC is the natural choice for cruise owners. It is less complicated than traditional oil lubricated options to build and operate, there are fewer components, and there is less that can go wrong. It cuts operational and maintenance costs significantly.

“Several cruise ship operators have been operating with the same COMPAC propeller shaft bearings for more than 20 years,” he said.

There are now more than 50 cruise ships worldwide equipped with COMPAC. In addition to MSC cruise ships, these include orders for vessels under construction for Regent Seven Seas, and Viking Ocean Cruises.