Lankofirst said offshore trials of its synthetic fiber rope mooring connector have shown a reduction in mooring line deployment times and improvements in health and safety compared with traditional mooring line plate links and thimbles, reports deepwater mooring rope specialist, Lankhorst Ropes Offshore Division (LROD). The cost and complexity of deploying deepwater moorings is driving the development of new mooring line technologies and deployment methodologies. Lankhorst, in collaboration with LROD worldwide agent, Offspring International and subsea mooring connector specialist First Subsea, has developed the Lankofirst fiber rope connector specifically for deepwater fiber connections. 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 can be used for all fiber rope mooring connections including rope-rope, rope-wire and rope-chain connectors. The recent trial offshore Norway has shown that the Lankofirst connector can be assembled in 15 minutes, compared with at least 1 hour 15 minutes for a traditional shackle. In addition only two people are needed to assemble the connector, unlike a shackle which usually requires three people, requiring fewer people on deck during hazardous line make-up operations.
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
A salvage operation on a ship wreck 3200 meters below the surface of the South Atlantic has been successfully carried out thanks to the use of lightweight ropes made with Dyneema ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber. Dyneema fiber, the world’s strongest fiber, is manufactured by DSM Dyneema. It is used by Hampidjan, one of the largest fishing gear and “super rope” manufacturers in the world, to make Dynex Warp
The Netherlands, April 27, 2011 - Brazilian oil giant Petrobras has specified ultra strong, lightweight Dyneema® fibers for a complete set of mooring ropes for a semi-submersible mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU). Headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Petrobras has substantial interests in deepwater exploration. Petrobras specifically asked for the ropes to be made with SK78 grade of UHMWPE (ultra high molecular weight polyethylene) fibers from DSM Dyneema for its high strength at low
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.
Samson, specializing in performance cordage, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 10, 2009, to celebrate its recent business expansion that will enable the production of a broad range of products for the offshore oil and gas industry. The multi-million dollar expansion includes the addition of new technical engineering staff and sales staff, as well as adding more than 35,000 sq ft to Samson’s Lafayette, La., synthetic-rope manufacturing plant
Delta Rigging & Tools, Inc., a provider of of lifting and rigging products and related services in the United States, announced that they have reached an agreement with Redaelli to be the exclusive Redaelli distributor for both onshore and offshore in the U. S. Gulf of Mexico region. The agreement gives Delta Rigging & Tools sales and marketing exclusivity in the Gulf of Mexico region for Redaelli specialty compacted, non-rotating and multi-strand Steel Wire Ropes.
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
Samson, provider of performance cordage, and Endenburg BV, Samson’s Master Fabricating Distributor in Europe, has provided Seaway Heavy Lifting (SHL) with the first very large diameter synthetic rope slings certified by Lloyd’s for offshore installations. The two lifting systems, made from 144-mm diameter AmSteel-Blue, Samson’s rope made with 100% Dyneema high modulus polyethylene fiber, are currently assisting in the installation of 140 turbine foundation monopiles as a part
Aker Marine Contractors (AMC) of Houston and Marlow Ropes have successfully executed a deep water test to demonstrate and prove the use of new mooring components for ultra-deepwater station keeping applications for mobile offshore drilling units. It is expected this technology will permit drilling units to be moored in as much as 10,000 ft. of water using similar components. The test involved the successful installation of AMC's new Suction Embedded Plate Anchor (SEPLA) and Marlow's
JonRie Marine Winches commissioned its new Super Series 220 Double Drum Escort Winch currently installed on the Tug Patriot (new ASDs for Marine Towing of Tampa) The Super Series 220 Double Drum Bow Winch was designed for a larger capacity rope
Offshore mooring rope specialist, Lankhorst Ropes was awarded a contract by NOV Flexibles, Denmark, to supply Lankoforce riser tethers for the Knarr field development, located in 410m of water in the North Tampen region of the Norwegian Sector of the Northern North Sea
Onboard RFA Lyme Bay, which is part of European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta, the Boarding teams from the Fleet Contingency Troop and K Company 43 Commando Royal Marines have taken advantage of the Lynx MK 8 that embarked from RFA Fort Austin to practice fast roping
IHC Vremac Cylinders, part of IHC Merwede, officially introduced the MaXine 50 heave compensator to its Dutch, Belgian and German offshore partners on October 8. The group of lifting specialists responded enthusiastically to the dynamic launch and demonstration of the innovative new product.
Mock-ups, practice and repetition are just some of the key elements of how AquaTerra’s Rope Access team prepare for any major job where there is the requirement to enter a potentially hazardous environment and the latest contract win for work within the concrete leg of an offshore platform
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.
In August, the stern tube seals of a 67-meter, 2223 grt anchor handling vessel were replaced in Port Gentil by a Hydrex team of diver/technicians. The old seals were damaged and a fast repair was therefore necessary. The team carried out the entire operation on-site and underwater with one of the
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received an order for two MacGregor active heave-compensated (AHC) offshore cranes from a Turkish shipyard for a new subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) and construction vessel for a Norwegian owner.
Aquatic Engineering & Construction Ltd., an Acteon company, has unveiled its 1,500-te carousel (AQCS‐01‐1500) a powerful, modular drive system representing a significant capability extension for customers requiring installation or replacement of flexibles, umbilicals
DSM, producer of ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE), branded as Dyneema, and OTS (Offshore & Trawl Supply AS), a Norwegian manufacturer of synthetic fiber ropes of extreme strength, are proud to congratulate Titan Salvage and Micoperi for their outstanding achievement in the
Greenpeace say that Russian authorities are holding 30 of their activists on board the protester's vessel 'Arctic Sunrise' after their attempt to board a Gazprom drilling rig in the Pechora Sea. The protester's blogger, Ben Ayliffe, is head of the Arctic oil campaign at Greenpeace UK
Greenpeace in a 'Tweet' report their ship, 'Arctic Sunrise', boarded in the Pechora Sea by the Russian Coast Guard, and the 25 crew arrested and locked in a room, following a protest against Gazprom's Arctic drilling operations. The Greenpeace website carried information that by means of a
Environmentally acceptable lubricants required in Oil-to-Sea interfaces where technically feasible. With the recent release of the 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP), vessel owner/operators must review their operational practices for incidental discharge of lubricants to the marine environment
Commodore Peter Lenselink and members of his staff visited German frigate FGS Niedersachsen, which is currently part of the EU's counter piracy task force off the coast of Somalia. During his visit, Commodore Lenselink visited the different departments on board and met members of the ship's
Delta Rigging & Tools, Inc., one of the largest providers of lifting and rigging products and related services in the United States, has acquired Holloway Wire Rope, supplier of wire rope, below-the-hook lifting devices and rigging supplies headquartered in Tulsa, OK