Thordon Bearings, Heddle Marine agreement a 'win-win' situation

A co-operative agreement between two local companies should help to alleviate some of the environmental problems ships can create.

Thordon Bearings Inc. of Burlington and Heddle Marine Service Inc. of Hamilton signed an agreement Tuesday to promote the conversion of ships’ oil lubricated propeller shafts to an open seawater lubricated bearing system — Thordon’s COMPAC.

Heddle Marine Service is a Canada-based ship repair company.

Personnel from both companies will create a team to offer support to ship managers and owners to convert to pollution-free propeller shaft lines.

The goal is to make vessels fully compliant with environmental legislation prohibiting the discharge of oil from the oil-to-sea interface of ships' propeller shafts.

Shipowners could face substantial financial penalties if their vessels are found not to comply.

“We will not only have an opportunity to expand our service offering from a local supplier, but we will also have the opportunity to provide our customers with a real, long-term solution to the environmental problems they face,” said Shaun Padulo, Heddle Marine’s president. “With concerns increasingly being raised about the impact of pollution from ships on the marine environment, converting an oil lubricated system to seawater is th....

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