Craig Carter, Head of Marketing & Customer Service, Thordon Bearings, said: “The Qingshan Shipyard had little experience of a COMPAC installation before this project and initially resisted, but Thordon Bearings’ distributor in China, CY Engineering, was instrumental in explaining the benefits of the system, resulting in one of the smoothest installation processes we have seen. We’ve had excellent feedback from both the yard and owner.”
In addition to the award-winning COMPAC bearing system and WQP, CY Engineering also supplied bronze shaft liners and a Thor-Coat corrosion protection system to both vessels.
The Green Dolphin bulk carrier concept was introduced during the Posidonia Exhibition in 2012 following a joint research project between SDARI, Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and Wa¨rtsila¨. It features a hull form and machinery configuration designed to optimize fuel consumption and reduce emissions.
Atlantska Plovidba’s AP Dubrava and AP Revelin, delivered in January, however, are powered by MAN B&W 5S50ME-B9.2 engines and built to Bureau Veritas class.
AP Dubrava, the first vessel in the series, has been operating ‘perfectly’ for six months and is now on duty in the Black Sea. Vessel options are being considered.
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. Thordon Bearings is the only manufacturer of propeller shaft bearings to guarantee its award-winning COMPAC system for a 15-year wear life.
ABOUT ATLANTSKA PLOVIDBA D.D. – DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
Established in 1955, Dubrovnik-based Atlantska Plovidba d.d. operates a fleet of 17 modern bulk carriers and is committed to meeting the demands and expectations of national and international charterers. The company operates to quality, environment and safety management policies and procedures required by ISO 9001:2008, ISO and the ISM Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and Pollution Prevention.