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Innovative KO-LINK Towing Ring from Lankhorst Ropes

KO-LINK towing ring, developed by international maritime service provider KOTUG International BV

  The innovative KO-LINK towing ring, developed by international maritime service provider KOTUG International BV, is now available exclusively from leading maritime ropes supplier, Lankhorst Ropes, under a worldwide marketing agreement. The KO-LINK ring significantly increases synthetic towing line service life by preventing the HMPE pennant from cutting through the line. KO-LINK is a highly polished, lightweight, aluminium ring, which is inserted and attached to the splice eye of the towline. The ring connects the main towline and the pennant in such a way that a controlled weak link is created, preventing towing-line overload. Moreover, the KO-LINK replaces the commonly used cow-hitch knot, which if poorly made can cause unequal loading on the eyes resulting in premature line failure. As well as increasing towing line service life, the KO-LINK connection reduces the time required for rope operations, without compromising safety. In addition, the KO-LINK’s compact ring design allows it to be used without causing damage to the towing gear, tug’s winches and deck. The KO-LINK can be used with all types of synthetic rope, and is available for rope diameters from 54mm to 189mm, covering the whole range of synthetic towing ropes. “The KO-LINK is an important addition to the Lankhorst Ropes range and will allow operators to reduce the cost of towing operations

Lankofirst Trials New Fiber Rope Connectors

Lankofirst fiber rope connector offshore trial

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

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.

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

Dyneema for Modu Mooring Lines In Brazil


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

Dyneema: Making Light Work of Ultra-Deep Sea Recovery Operation

Dyneema Salvage Operation

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

Samson Celebrates Offshore Expansion

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

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

Delta Named Redaelli Exclusive Distributor

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.

New England Ropes Co-Founder Passes Away

New England Ropes, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the TEUFELBERGER Group, said that the company’s original co- founder, Herb Repass, passed away recently in Vero Beach Florida. Repass co-founded New England Ropes, Inc. in New Bedford, Mass., with his friend and associate David Aigler in 1967.   Repass served as President and chief designer of specialty ropes that were manufactured by the company for yachting, safety and rescue, arborist, mountaineering, lariats for cowboys

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

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

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).

DNV GL Issues RP on Offshore Fiber Ropes

Høvik laboratories-syrobe testing machine-fullscale testing (Photo: DNV GL)

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

ZPMC Orders MacGregor Subsea Cranes

MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has received a large order from Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Co Ltd (ZPMC). The contract is for four offshore cranes, including a 400-metric-ton SWL active heave-compensated crane capable of deploying 3,000-meter of wire rope.  

ROV Key to Safety in Concordia Salvage

The largest marine salvage operation in history. (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

With Concordia finally in dock, Italian marine contractor Micoperi reports that the Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV played a vital role in diver safety during the largest maritime salvage operation in history.   Fabio Bartolotti of Micoperi, the contractor responsible for the project

‘Securing’ the Inland Markets with Innovative Standardization

(All images courtesy of Patterson Manufacturing)

Patterson Manufacturing follows its substantial success in the barge winch markets with an equally impressive boat-to-barge coupling system.  In 2008, Pittsburgh-based Patterson Manufacturing Company developed the YoYo Barge Winch, a revolutionary design that reflected a total re-thinking

Subsea Crane Takes a Long Journey

Photo courtesy of Liebherr

Last September the test bed in Rostock was the stage of a single lift of the RL-K 7500 subsea crane. The same crane was then loaded and shipped to the South Korean customer. On December 21, a new Liebherr RL-K 7500 started its long journey to South Korea

Huisman Cranes for New Maersk Subsea Support Vessels

Image courtesy of Huisman

In December 2014, Huisman secured a contract from COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard for the delivery of four customized 400mt Rope Luffing Knuckle Boom Cranes and two 100mt Knuckle Boom Cranes onboard four new subsea support vessels (SSVs) for Maersk Supply Service

1st lifejacket for Working at heights

A new Rope Access Jacket and enhanced Launch and Recovery Service are the latest developments from Survitec

  The first lifejacket custom-designed specifically for offshore personnel carrying out rope access or work at height has been developed by Survitec Group, the leading provider of survival and safety equipment to the offshore industry.

Liebherr Reports Record Year for Offshore Cranes

Four Liebherr BOS 4200-85s Litronic at the drill ship Platinum Explorer / Vantage Drilling. (Photo courtesy of Liebherr)

With 87 units delivered in 2014, Liebherr offshore cranes achieved a new per year delivery record, more than doubling its delivery numbers from 2012. And according to Liebherr, well filled order books allow for an optimistic 2015 forecast despite a generally unstable world economic development.

Steelhead Introduces a New Yacht Crane

Steelhead Introduces a New Yacht Crane

  Steelhead Marine, a North American crane manufacturer, has expanded its product offering with the launch of the new E Series 1000 crane. Suited for commercial and recreational vessels, the E Series crane is available primarily in a 1,000-lb model with a 1

Rolls Royce Awards Fiber Rope Contract to Cortland

Photo: Cortland

Cortland’s BOB rope helps reduce operating costs and improve installation time   Cortland announce the recent award of a patented BOB 12x12 Fiber Rope by Rolls Royce for use on its next Fiber Rope Deployment System (FRDS), which is based on their patented Cable Traction Control Unit

Kalmar Launches Next Generation ASC System

 Kalmar 5th generation automatic stacking crane

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has introduced its next generation automatic stacking crane (ASC) system at the TOC Europe exhibition in Rotterdam. Featuring future-proof technology, it is the most efficient and productive ASC system ever. By enabling smooth and fast automation deployment

Biggest Shear-Leg Floating Crane in Operation

Photo: HHI

On April 21, Hyundai-10000, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI)’s newest floating crane, succeeded to the throne of “symbol of HHI” from the two 1,600-ton gantry cranes at its offshore yard by lifting a topside module of Moho Nord tension leg platform (TLP) at once.

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