Customer Requirements

Tufcot are very proud to work with Blue Ocean Industries who are our Key Customer in Australia, meaning they have the exclusive rights to sell Tufcot® throughout Australia.

Blue Ocean Industries were contacted by a marine propulsion engineering client who had a supply chain problem. They were finding it difficult to source shaft line bearings for stern tube applications from a regular European supplier/manufacturer.

They were looking at options to move away from this supplier as they had been growing tired of letting down their customers due to the inability to supply parts.

Blue Ocean Industries’ client was initially hesitant as the product they were using was supplied by one of the largest manufacturers of marine propulsion components in the world and they needed to be sure that Tufcot® T100 Marine would offer the same or better performance to their customers.

Propeller Shaft Bearings

The Tufcot Solution

After many years of Lloyds and DNV certification for use in rudder and stabiliser bearings, Tufcot®  T100 Marine was certified in early 2023 for stern tube applications.

Blue Ocean Industries machined the bearings in their in-house CNC machine shop and shipped them to the client for fitting; all completed within the required timeframe to help their client get the customer back on the water quickly.

Tufcot® T100 Marine has shown to perform brilliantly in hydrodynamic operation with reduced wear rates and low coefficient of friction.

Blue Ocean Industries maintain Tufcot® composite materials stock on shelf in their Brisbane warehouse which means they can service customers quickly, with a custom machine solution, manufactured from the highest quality materials.

Propeller Shaft Bearings