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The Problem

A fully loaded live sheep transporter was stranded off the coast of Western Australia. After the main drive coupling failed.  The ship required new gears to be made and cut in a very short space of time.

Unless the repair could take place quickly,  the sheep being exported would need to be unloaded. For humane and ethical reasons, then reloaded after repairs had taken place.  This process would have been very costly to the exporters. This resulted in Geographe being engaged to find a solution to negate this scenario.

coupling testing

Picture above shows coupling testing in situ.

The Solution

The Geographe Engineering team working with OEM support received from Germany.  We reverse engineered the coupling in parallel with our manufacturing team preparing materials.  This was pre-turned and then final machining and gear cutting took place.  Our team worked around the clock to complete the urgent work and the job was completed within 5 days without the need for unloading and reloading the ship.

The Feedback

“Please pass on our sincere thanks and gratitude to every person who worked on the manufacture of the drive coupling we required urgently. The professionalism, prompt response, quality of the finished product, and the service we have been given with this job has been exceptional. We have also informed all parties involved in this job that we subcontracted the manufacture of this coupling to Geographe.  Once again, thank you from the DBGI team, your support is greatly appreciated.”

David Brown Industries – Perth Branch Manager -2013


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