Friday, December 9, 2016

Shafts, Couplings and Bearings News

(Photo: David Barnicote)

Sea Trials Begin for Vessel Efficiency MOVE Project

Sea trials have begun on two Falmouth based pilot vessels which will provide data for the Innovate UK funded MOVE (Monitoring for Operational Vessel Efficiency) project. Rising fuel costs, emissions regulation and concerns about carbon emissions are severe challenges for marine vessel operators and their supply chains. Under the ‘Managing Energy on Marine Vessels’ Competition, the MOVE project is developing a novel solution to all three, initially targeting the commercial workboat sector.

SKF Canada Integrates Kaydon and Cooper Bearing Brands

Starting January 2 2017, sales and technical support responsibility for Kaydon and Cooper bearing brands will be assumed by SKF Canada Ltd.    Kaydon and Cooper bearing operations were acquired by SKF Group in 2013. Until now, the sales in the Canadian market place has been managed by the master distributor Cooper-Grainger Canada Inc / Technical Bearing Sales Ltd. 

Thordon Advises WOC on Operational Oil Issue

Addressing the more than 200 delegates at the World Ocean Council’s (WOC) fourth Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS16) last week, Thordon Bearings advised representatives of international organizations, government agencies, industry and academia about the damage of oil-lubricated propeller shaft systems on the marine environment. Thordon Bearings’ Director of Marketing and Customer Service, Craig Carter, explained that the fleet of 45,000 oceangoing vessels that continue to operate…

Photos courtesy of Haig Brown/Cummins

Shallow-Draft Yukon River Tender

“If it works well, then why change it?” might have been the idea of the owner of a new Yukon River salmon tender building at WCT Marine’s shipyard at Tongue Point on the Columbia River near Astoria, Oregon. Owner R. Bodey had Tullio Celano draw up a set of plans from a vessel that he had owned some year before. He took these to Willie Toristoja and his crew at WCT Marine Construction, Inc in Astoria, Oregon where the steel hull and aluminum superstructure were well along by the end of November, 2016. The boat is designed to serve as a tender for salmon on the Yukon River.