Thordon Bearings wins Tanker Shipping & Trade Environment Award

(BURLINGTON, Ontario) — COMPAC, Thordon Bearings’ seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing system, has won the Tanker Shipping & Trade Environment Award.

Dr. Karen Purnell, managing director of the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation (ITOPF), who sat on the judging panel alongside representatives from INTERTANKO, IACS, UK MCA and Scorpio Tankers, said, “It is a challenge to identify opportunities that assist shipowners in meeting environmental standards cost effectively and that don’t end up creating new environmental problems. The COMPAC system meets this challenge and it is for that reason — and the system’s simplicity — that we were able to present Thordon Bearings with the award.”

Purnell added that the COMPAC system will reduce oil seepage into the marine environment and, as such, complements ITOPF’s mission.

“Thordon Bearings has an established pedigree and is very transparent about the system’s CAPEX and operational cost savings. The COMPAC system is not limited in scope and can be applied to all types of vessels, so has good chance of succeeding,” she said.

About Thordon Bearings

A global leader in seawater-lubricated propeller shaft bearing systems with over 25 years’ experience in this technology, Thordon Bearings designs and manufactures a complete range of non-metallic sleeve bearing solutions for marine, clean power generation, pump, offshore oil, and other industrial markets. The polymer bearings operate pollution-free without oil or grease. For more information, go to

By Professional Mariner Staff