Latitude Blanche is a French shipping company founded in 2017 by two young graduates from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Maritime: Sophie Galvagnon and Yann le Bellec. After several years of cruising and ice navigation, they wanted to use their own experiences to offer a new, extraordinary approach to polar expedition and oh, boy, did they deliver! The pictures in this case study speak for themselves…
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The polar expedition company urgently needed a rare hydraulic pump for their forceful ship ‘Polarfront’ to be used as a spare part. The situation was critical; the pump in question was the main engine fuel feed pump and without it, expeditions wouldn’t happen, meaning a loss of income and many unhappy customers and explorers.
Knowing that the pump was so rare, they expected a long and difficult sourcing process. However, finding Hydraulics Online proved to be a smart choice and made things easy. Yann le Bellec, Co-founder and CEO of Latitude Blanche, summed up our service as ‘quick and precise’.
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Our team is frequently tasked with sourcing discontinued and even unidentifiable hydraulic components, or swapping original hydraulic manufacturers’ equipment into modern, off-the-shelf standard products, so the task in hand was a routine matter for our MD, Mark Tonks, who dealt with the case.
The optimal solution was quickly determined and after the exchange of a couple of emails, the order of the new pump was signed, sealed and delivered—all within a swift 2-day window.
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The impact was dramatic. The supplied pump is the main engine fuel feed pump… without this pump the ship cannot move !
Yann le Bellec, Co-founder and CEO, Latitude Blanche