Viking Cruises opts for seawater lubricated propulsion solution

Viking Cruises opts for seawater lubricated propulsion solution

A sixth Viking Cruises vessel has been delivered with Thordon Bearings’ seawater-lubricated propeller shaft system.

The COMPAC system by Thordon Bearings is zero polluting as there is no need for oil. Fuel consumption and emissions are reduced as the viscous friction acting on the rotating shaft is lower with seawater than oil. COMPAC does not need a damage-prone aft seal and inspections can be made without shaft withdrawal, reducing maintenance and associated costs.

The 47,800 GT cruise vessel, Viking Jupiter, will also be fitted with a hybrid engine and has been designed with an optimised hull for maximum fuel efficiency.

Richard Goodwin, vice president, Engineering, Viking River Cruises, said: “From the outset, when we first entered the cruise market four years ago with Viking Star, we opted for water lubricated propulsion as a cost-effective means of reducing the impact of our operations on the marine environment. The COMPAC system has proven itself both commercially and operationally and we look forward to working with Thordon on future projects.”

Thordon Bearings’ president and CEO, Terry McGowan, added: “We congratulate Viking Cruises and Fincantieri on the successful and timely delivery of the sixth vessel in this class, a series of ships that have proven immensely popular with passengers and crew. We are delighted that both owner and builder continue to support the use of COMPAC water lubricated propulsion.”

Viking Jupiter was built at Fincantieri’s shipyard in Anacona, Italy. Two further passenger ships, Viking Tellus and Viking Venus are also being constructed at Fincantieri and expected for delivery in 2021. Further newbuilds of the same class have also been ordered for delivery between 2022 and 2027, though supply contracts have yet to be finalised.