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Lankofirst Debuts Fiber Rope Connector for Deepwater Mooring

Lankhorst Ropes Offshore Division (LROD) announced the latest results of offshore trials of its Lankofirst synthetic fiber rope mooring connector on booth 1517 at OTC 2013. The trials have shown a significant reduction in mooring line deployment times and improvements in health and safety using the Lankofirst connector, compared with traditional mooring line plate links and thimbles. The Lankhorst booth will also feature the ultra-low creep HMPE mooring rope made with Dyneema for permanent deepwater moorings beyond 2,000m water depth, and Lankhorst Mouldings' buoyancy modules for fiber rope mooring lines for the Goliat FPSO project. Lankofirst fiber rope connector Developed jointly by LROD worldwide agent, Offspring International, Lankhorst Ropes and subsea mooring connector specialist First Subsea, the Lankofirst fibre rope connector is designed specifically for deepwater fiber connections. According to Lankofirst, the ropes are smaller, lighter, stronger and more efficient than current plate links and thimbles, the Lankofirst is easier to make-up and the rope splice slimmer and lighter for the same MBL.  The Lankofirst range includes rope-rope, rope-wire and rope-chain connectors. Chris Johnson, sales director, Lankhorst Ropes said, “As offshore projects move to deeper waters the number of connectors per mooring line will increase


IMCA to Host Wire Rope Workshop

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) Wire Rope workgroup has held three Wire Rope Workshops, the fourth in the series ‘Optimum System Design for High Value Subsea Construction Ropes’ will be held 18 March 2014 at the Radisson Blu Hotel at Amsterdam Airport.   “Our biannual Wire Rope Workshops are proving extremely relevant and interesting. Over 90 attended the last one in Amsterdam in October which focused on the lubrication of high value subsea


Bel-Ray Biodegradable Wire Rope Coating Grease

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Now available for wire rope and cable applications, Bel-Ray Biodegradable Wire Rope Coating Grease expands on the performance of conventional wire rope coating grease and adds the advantage of biodegradability for environmentally conscious operations. Biodegradable Wire Rope Coating Grease is a biodegradable and adhesive wire rope lubricant and protectant designed for use in the most extreme environments. Using a seed-oil based, organo clay-thickened grease


Lankhorst Increases Ropes Supply Range

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Ropes manufacturer Lankhorst Ropes Offshore Division expanded its range of high performance mooring and anchoring ropes to include steel wire ropes for the offshore market. The company is now able to offer both synthetic and steel wire ropes for mooring and anchor systems, as well as towing, crane lifting, riser tensioners and drilling applications. Initially, Lankhorst will supply six-strand, eight-strand and multi strand (non-rotating) steel wire ropes direct from WireCo WorldGroup


Australia is a Tough Testing Ground for Marine Equipment

When heavy ships are maneuvered in rough waters with a small crew, or oil tankers are escorted through narrow confined channels, the strength and reliability of a tug boat's towline is paramount to safety and efficiency. Tugboats require ship-assist ropes that are extraordinarily strong, yet light enough for a crew of only a few to handle. Tugboat operators around the world have found a solution: Plasma ropes manufactured from Honeywell's Spectra fiber. Made by the Puget Sound Rope Corp


Plateena Rope Makes a Difference for India's Fishermen

Plateena Rope: Photo credit Garware-Wall Ropes

India's Garware-Wall Ropes introduce Plateena rope composed of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™, made by DSM A leading cordage manufacturing company in India, Garware-Wall Ropes Ltd., is a household name in the fishing community through its close bond with Indian fishermen. During extensive trials, the benefits of Dyneema® became clear when in 2011, the fishing vessel “Srinivasa” was trialing the new Plateena rope warp lines in heavy currents


Wire Rope Integrity Regulatory Update

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Current state-of-the-art wire ropes, updated regulation references, and flow diagrams to assist with the wire rope integrity management process have been included in the revised ‘Guidance on Wire Rope Integrity Management for Vessels in the Offshore Industry’ just published by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA SEL 022 Rev.1/ IMCA M 194 Rev. 1).   “This document offers guidance on the necessary elements of an integrity management system required


Bridon Acquires Marlow Rope Assets

Bridon, a manufacturer of steel wire and wire ropes, has completed the acquisition of the Offshore and Commercial Marine related assets of Marlow Ropes. This acquisition further enhances the Bridon product range enabling the company to offer complementary fiber rope solutions in addition to its existing product range. Bridon is part of the Lifting Products and Services Division of FKI plc, a major international engineering group.


Structural Integrity NDT Test for Deepwater Fiber Rope Connectors

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First Subsea is using innovative non-destructive testing (NDT) technology to inspect the quality of forgings used in the new range of LankoFirst fiber rope connectors for deepwater moorings. Process Compensated Resonance Testing (PCRT) undertaken by Vibrant NDT Ltd is reportedly the only NDT technology to correlate to the structural integrity of the inspected component. The LankoFirst fiber rope mooring connector is designed to revolutionize the ease with which deepwater fiber mooring


LNG Mooring Lines Made with Dyneema

Safer and Stronger than Steel   The introduction of new and larger vessels, Q-Flex and Q-Max, and new, often more exposed terminals becoming operational have changed mooring dynamics. The need to maintain workers’ safety at all times, whilst delivering maximum operational efficiency through lower costs and faster turnaround times remains unchanged. DSM Dyneema, a close partner to the LNG industry, has done a study which concludes that these industry trends are changing the


MN100: Schoellhorn-Albrecht Machine Co., Inc.

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The Company: Schoellhorn-Albrecht is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of Mooring Equipment and Systems including Capstans, Anchor Windlasses, Deck Fittings and Vessel Access Systems. In addition to standard products, the firm specializes in designing and manufacturing castings


Underwater Inspections a Boon - Hydrex

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Building upon conventional technical skills and know-how while also taking advantage of the latest technology, Hydrex offers a unique hull monitoring service to its customers. This gives shipowners total control of their ship's hull condition and consequently its performance


Damen, Ampelmann Team up for Marine Access Demonstration

FCS 5009 with Ampelmann L-type Photo Damen

Damen Shipyards Group has teamed up with the global leader in motion compensation access solutions, Ampelmann, to conduct tests with Ampelmann’s L-Type system on board a Damen Fast Crew Supplier (FCS) 5009. Damen is developing its marine access solutions in order to guarantee increased safety


Fiber-rope Retrofit Extends Subsea Crane Capabilities

MacGregors fiber-rope retrofit system is designed in modules for rapid installation (Image: MacGregor)

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has launched a fiber-rope retrofit option for its subsea cranes; the modular upgrade replaces the crane's original steel wire rope with synthetic fiber rope, using the same technology as MacGregor’s fiber-rope crane, the FiberTrac 1500


Patterson’s One-Two Punch

The Patterson Right Angle Capstan (image: Patterson)

Thru-Deck & Right angle Capstans: From the company that brought the inland towboat industry the patented YoYo Winch, now comes not one but two new, equally revolutionary products in the form of Patterson’s Thru-Deck Capstan and Right Angle Capstan.  


India Teams up with Japan, South Korea on LNG

Dharmendra Pradhan. Photo: Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas

 India plans to form an alliance with Japan and South Korea to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) at "reasonable prices", the country's oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.   India may soon rope China into the alliance as well, he said.  


Fishing Company Fined after Crewman’s Death

New Zealand based fishing company Talley’s Group Ltd. has been fined $73,520 and ordered to pay $21,000 in reparations to the family of a crewman killed in an on-board accident in July 2014.   The 24-year-old crewman Leighton Muir was decapitated when a broken rope snapped back while


IMCA Publishes Revision to Wire Rope Integrity Management Guidance

Richard Benzie (Photo: IMCA)

The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) has published a revised version of ‘Guidance on wire rope integrity management for vessels in the offshore industry’ (IMCA SEL 022 Rev. 2/IMCA M 194 Rev. 2). This is now available for downloading free of charge from the IMCA


Pilot Transfer Arrangements - AMSA

Pilot Transfer Arrangements Photo IMPA

  The IMO Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS Chapter V, Regulation 23) sets out the principal requirements for the rigging of pilot ladders.  There is further detailed technical specification for pilot ladder in IMO Resolution A.1045 (27).  


Heavy Lifter: Spreader Beam Lifting Rig for Bridge Project

The spreader beam lifting rig was used below the hook of a crane barge on the Firth of Forth.

 Rope and Sling Specialists Ltd provided a below-the-hook solution to infrastructure management company Amey to lift a truck-mounted access platform during maintenance on the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland. Amey, on behalf of Transport Scotland


BISSO MARINE Acquires Derrick/Pipelay Barge

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BISSO MARINE has acquired offshore pipelay industry's stalwart derrick/pipelay barge GLOBAL IROQUOIS. The 400 foot x 100 foot x 30 foot laybarge has performed pipelay operations worldwide and will be renamed BISSO IROQUOIS.   The central part of the barge’s substantial station keeping


DNV GL Issues RP on Offshore Fiber Ropes

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The results of two DNV GL led joint industry projects (JIPs) and a JIP pre-study commissioned by Statoil are now captured in a new Recommended Practice (RP) on offshore fiber ropes. With a system perspective on mooring performance, DNVGL-RP-E305 provides new industry guidance for achieving cost


WSS Acquires TIMM AS

Bjørge Grimholt WSS President

Wilhelmsen Ships Service has signed a definitive agreement to acquire TIMM AS. “The Timm acquisition reinforces our position as a global player within marine products,” says Bjørge Grimholt, President at Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS).


Chafe-Pro FS Now Available through Samson Rope

Chafe-Pro by Fjord, Inc., a North Carolina specialty manufacturer of removable chafe-abrasion protection, announced the availability of a custom designed product for Samson Rope. Providing protection for high-performance mooring lines, the Chafe-Pro FS employs the same Chafe-Pro material


Innovative Winch System Patented

Photo courtesy of JonRie Marine Winches

The U.S. Patent Office has  issued Patent s/n 9,056,655 to inventors Brandon Durar (JonRie Marine Winches) and Gregory Castleman (Castleman Maritime) for A Staple Torque Aligning Winch System for Escort Tugs. Naval architect Greg Castleman approached Durar in the winter of 2007 with the






 
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