Orkim tankers take to the water with Thordon’s COMPAC seawater-lubricated shafting system
China’s Fujian Southeast Shipyard has delivered four in a series of five new product tankers ordered by Malaysia’s Orkim.
9,000-dwt Orkim Sapphire and Orkim Pearl, and 14,500-dwt Orkim Diamond and Orkim Emerald are the first vessels in the ship operator’s fleet to be fitted with a COMPAC seawater-lubricated shafting system from Thordon Bearings.
Working with the shipowner’s representative Shanghai-based CY Engineering, Thordon’s authorised distributor in China supplied, installed and commissioned COMPAC seawater-lubricated bearings machined for shaft diameters of 380 mm and 405 mm. Thordon’s water quality package also formed part of the supply scope to the single-screw ships.
Thordon regional manager for Asia Sam Williams said “We initially approached Orkim three or four years ago, so we are very pleased our presentation had an impact; they recalled the discussion during the design phase of these newbuilds.”
When 9,000-dwt Orkim Topaz, the final vessel in the series, is delivered later this year, the Orkim fleet will comprise of 23 oil and gas tankers totalling 187,328 dwt, ranging from 3,251-dwt LPG carriers to 50,000-dwt product tankers. The average age of the fleet is less than eight years old.
Orkim is a significant player in the Malaysian shipping industry, transporting petroleum products and gas for customers that include Shell, ExxonMobil, Petronas, Nippon Gas Line and other major oil companies.
CY Engineering managing director Alex Li said “These charterers set stringent vessel safety and performance parameters, so it is a testament to the operational and environmental capability and reliability of the COMPAC bearing material – and a seawater-lubricated propeller shaft system in general – that Thordon continues to attract new customers.”
Orkim chief operating officer Capt S B Cheah said “As we continue to grow, it has become more and more critical for us to ensure our fleet operates safely and to optimum efficiency.
“We have progressively implemented core sustainability functions into our business strategy and regularly engage with representatives of service providers such as Thordon to evaluate the suitability and sustainability of systems and materials for applications on board our ships. This is good for both our business and our environment.”
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