Friday, January 31, 2014

News: Trelleborg bearings fitted to world’s largest container ship

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Orkot Marine bearings manufactured by Trelleborg Sealing Solutions in Rotherham contribute to the build of the world's largest and most efficient container ships, the Maersk Triple E class family built by Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding.

Based at Templeborough, the Rotherham facility is part of the Swedish industrial group that is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. It develops and manufactures marine bearings that use synthetic composite materials incorporating solid lubricants rather than metal to provide exceptional wear resistance and virtually no swell in water, enabling stability even with the heaviest loads.

The Triple E name is derived from the class's three design principles - Economy of scale, Energy efficient and Environmentally improved. 400 metres long, 59 metres wide and 73 metres high, they are able to carry 18,000 containers, 2,500 more than the E class ships they replaced. Maersk Line has ordered a total of 20 of these vessels, which will be phased in gradually over the next couple of years.
The star of a six episode TV-series on the Discovery Channel, the ship sets new standards in the container industry, not just for size, but also of energy efficiency and environmental performance. With unique design features for slower speeds and maximum efficiency, this vessel will emit 50% less CO2 per container moved than the current average on the Asia-Europe route.

Barry Davies, general manager of the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions facility in Rotherham, said: "We embrace the design principles of Maersk and took on the challenge to deliver the bearings that are fundamental to the success of these ships.

"The larger the ship, the bigger the size of the rudder and the more demanding it is to develop a bearing to optimize performance. Orkot bearings are proven in thousands of ships to give maintenance free operation over many years."

The Rotherham made bearings can also be found on the The Royal Navy's Type 45 Destroyer and the world's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) carrier.

Trelleborg website

Images: Trelleborg / Maersk

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