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Thordon Bearings will mark the 21st anniversary of the first cruise ship installations of its Compac water-lubricated propeller shaft bearings with a series of celebratory events this year.

“This year, Compac truly comes of age,” said Thordon Bearings’ founder and polymer bearing and seal innovator, George A. (Sandy) Thomson: “And like any 21st birthday celebration, it is not uncommon for parents to speak with glowing pride about the growth they have seen in their children over their first 21 years. For me, Compac has matured into a robust, well-rounded and environmentally-conscientious adult, facing an exciting and prosperous future.”

Thordon Bearings’ President and Chief Executive Officer Terry McGowan, added: “As we mark Compac’s maturity, I cannot underplay the importance of the cruise ship sector in helping to prompt the greater and wider market acceptance of water-lubricated propeller shafts.

“Despite the concept being around for more than 100-years, prior to the mid-1990s there was little concern for the marine environment and water-lubricated shafts were considered something of a novelty. This is now not the case. The cruise sector has been absolutely pivotal in promoting the environmental and commercial benefits the technology can bring to the modern shipping fleet.”

The cruise sector was the first industry sector responsible for the revival of water-lubricated propulsion, with Princess Cruises and Disney Cruises leading to specify the technology for their then newbuild cruise ships Grand Princess and Disney Magic, both of which were built by Fincantieri and set to sea in 1998 and continue to use Compac to this day.

By Jake Frith

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