From the ashes: Engineering that passes the ultimate test

30, April 2013

On the 18th October, a long-haul B-double freighter travelling to Fremantle caught fire. Thankfully, the driver escaped unharmed, and for the most part, so did the two hose reels on board that were destined for one of our clients at the Port of Broome. The entire truck was engulfed in flames and although the two reels were deemed unsalvageable, they stood firm, a testament to ReCoila’s rigid design and our engineering team’s quality craftsmanship.


The reels were custom designed and manufactured at our Sydney facility for a unique offshore fuelling application. To effectively dispense the large volumes of fuel required by the surrounding offshore gas operations, our client installed high flow bunker points on the Broome wharf so that large volumes of fuel could be delivered by specially designed and metered bunker trucks fitted with fuel hose reels. This fuelling system is necessary due to the massive tidal fluctuations in Broome rendering normal fuelling methods impractical.


This state of the art marine fuel facility is one of the most modern in Australia, and despite the fiery setback delaying delivery of the reels to our client, a fresh new set of hose reels were installed at the port within a couple of weeks.


This fuelling system is necessary due to the massive tidal fluctuations in Broome, rendering normal fuelling methods impractical.


Our custom manufacturing team designed and built two RF Series hose reels, each to hold 25m of 3″ ID hose to enable high-flow refuelling. Each reel has a 415V electric drive system with forward / reverse and speed controls.


The reels are constructed of heavy duty 3mm steel plate to ensure rigidity and strength, and mounted on heavy duty castors to enable the fuelling hoses to be easily moved from one fuelling point to the next.


Our technical team are experts at solving hose handling problems – if you need a hose reel for your job, chances are we can design one to suit

Additional Info

  • Industry: Marine
  • Location: Broome
  • Challenges: Corrosion, Fuel flow speed, Tidal fluctuations
  • Solution: 2 x RF Series reels

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