Lankhorst Ropes opens first Arabian Sales Office in Dubai
Leading maritime ropes supplier, Lankhorst Ropes is opening its first branch office in the Arabian Peninsula at Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, at the beginning of April. The new office will provide sales and technical support to the growing number of Lankhorst customers in the region. The Dubai office brings to eight the number of Lankhorst Ropes sales offices globally. Lankhorst Ropes supplies both synthetic and steelwire rope to maritime companies. With increasing commercial and environmental demands on maritime operators…
Petrobras Awards Lankhorst Ropes Dyneema Deepwater Mooring Line Contract
Leading deepwater rope manufacturer, Lankhorst Ropes, has secured the first-ever, worldwide order for Dyneema synthetic mooring rope for deepwater MODU (Mobile Operating Drilling Unit) projects from Brazilian oil and gas producer Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras). Gama 98 is a rope construction developed by Lankhorst Ropes specifically for deepwater mooring, and used on a number of major deepwater projects in the Gulf of Mexico. The rope will feature up to 12 Dyneema SK78 yarn sub-ropes. Developed by DSM, Dyneema SK78 is a high modulus polyethylene fibre.
Innovative KO-LINK Towing Ring from Lankhorst Ropes
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.
KO-LINK Towing Ring Now Available from Lankhorst Ropes
The KO-LINK towing ring, developed by international maritime service provider KOTUG International BV, is now available exclusively from 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, aluminum 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…
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.
Mooring Rope Whiplash No More to be Feared
Lankhorst Ropes wins Seatralde 'Innovation in Ship Operations' award for its Tipto Winchline which reduces crew risk of being struck by a parted mooring rope. A snapped mooring rope is, thankfully, a rare occurrence, but when it does happen the results can be devastating. Using its expertise in yarn production and rope construction, Lankhorst Ropes has developed the Tipto Winchline to provide a safer mooring rope. Based on Lankhorst's Tipto yarn, the seven strand rope features a Tipto overbraided jacket to protect the rope from wear and tear during handling.
Lankhorst Wins Big Spar Mooring Contract
Offshore rope manufacturer Lankhorst Ropes has been awarded a contract by Hyundai Heavy Industries and Technip USA consortium (HHITECH) to supply the mooring lines for Statoil’s Aasta Hansteen Spar platform to be located in the Norwegian sector of the Norwegian Sea. According to Lankhorst, it is the largest single order for deepwater mooring ropes, and believed to be the largest ever order in the global synthetic fiber rope industry. Located in the Aasta Hansteen field, approximately 300 km west of Bodø…
Lankhorst Ropes Invests Euro 2M in Fibre Rope Test Machine
Leading deepwater rope manufacturer, Lankhorst Ropes Offshore Division has invested Euro 2M in a synthetic fibre rope test machine that, for the first time, will enable naval architects to run 'what if' scenarios to simulate the effects of storms and hurricanes on deepwater mooring lines. Located at Lankhorst Ropes’ fibre rope production facility in Portugal, the rope test machine will be used to test the mechanical performance and fatigue behaviour for a range of new materials and rope constructions for deepwater mooring and single point mooring (SPM) systems. The machine can test 20m ropes with loads up to 1,200 tonnes and a stroke length up to 4.5 m.
Lankoforce Riser Tethers for Knarr Field Development
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. The riser tethers will be the first to use Dyneema DM 20, a high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) rope, for permanent subsea anchoring of flexible risers. Lankoforce riser tethers are designed to hold risers and umbilicals in position…
Lankhorst Ropes Announces Cut-Resistant Jacket Research Project
Lankhorst Ropes Offshore Division is undertaking a research project into the development of cut resistant jackets for mooring ropes in the Norwegian and Barents Seas. The project will be used to assess materials needed to reduce the effects of fishing trawler lines on synthetic fiber mooring lines. Deepwater moorings, beyond 800m, in the Norwegian and Barents Seas are subject to extreme weather and wave conditions. The synthetic mooring ropes must provide high abrasion resistance and be immune to the effects of external damage arising from trawler activities.
Lankhorst Tug Bollard Pull Rope Test
Rosetti Marino, a turnkey builder of oil platforms and service vessels for the offshore sector, has chosen a Lankhorst LankoForce rope for bollard pull testing for its new platform supply vessels (PSV) and anchor handling tugs. The rope was used recently to test the company's most powerful tug-to-date with a bollard pull of 220 metric tons. Based in Ravenna, Italy, Rosetti Marino specializes in PSVs designed to provide assistance to offshore oil platforms and safely transport equipment and material to and from the platforms—even those located in very rough waters…
Lankhorst Increases Ropes Supply Range
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 factories in Germany, U.S., Mexico, Portugal and Poland.
Lankhorst Fibre Mooring Lines for World’s Largest Fish Farm
Lankhorst Euronete SA is supplying fibre mooring ropes to Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering for construction of the world’s largest fish farm near the island of Froya, offshore Norway. The new concept fish farm is a pilot facility developed by Ocean Farming, a subsidiary of the SalMar Group. The aquaculture facility comprises a slack anchored, semi-submersible structure, permanently moored at a water depth of 300m by eight 130m polyester mooring lines. Each mooring line is made up of an anchor and two lengths of rope, joined by a H-link.
WireCo Acquires Netherlands’ Endenburg
WireCo WorldGroup Inc., the world’s leading producer and marketer of specialty steel ropes and high synthetic ropes, announced today that WireCo has acquired the assets of Endenburg B.V., a Netherlands-based company. As part of the agreement, WireCo will establish a crane rope distribution center at the current Gouda location, called the WireCo Crane Center. Founded in 1855 and headquartered in Gouda, Netherlands, Endenburg supplies hoisting and lifting gear including steel wire ropes, shackles, fiber ropes and custom-made tarpaulin covers for the shipping, towing, construction and transport industry. The Endenburg name will not be continued and all activities will be incorporated into current WireCo business units.
Lankofirst Trials New Fiber Rope Connectors
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…
Lankhorst Mooring Ropes for Western Isles Development FPSO
Offshore rope manufacturer, Lankhorst Ropes has been awarded a contract by Aberdeen based Dana Petroleum to provide Gama 98 polyester mooring lines for the Western Isles Development FPSO vessel (Floating Production Storage and Offloading). Given the weather conditions in the North Sea, and relatively shallow water depth, the cylindrically shaped FPSO will use a semi-taut leg mooring system. It will be moored with 14 polyester mooring lines in three clusters of 4, 4 and 6 lines at 250m water depth.
Safety the Focus as Heavy Lifting Picks Up
Heavy lift operations offshore are an awe-inspiring feat, but an operation that requires consistent monitoring of man, machine and procedure to ensure they are conducted in as an efficient and safe manner as possible. Due to a growing focus on safety related to subsea lifting operations, DNV GL recently established a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to develop practical methods for reducing the risks and lifetime cost of steel wire ropes for subsea lifting applications, using an integrated systems approach.
Royal Lankhorst Euronete Group Starts Brazil Factory
The Royal Lankhorst Euronete Group announced the acquisition of a new industrial unit in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil. This new industrial unit will be used for production of deep water mooring ropes for the oil & gas platforms, production of maritime ropes for the local market and - at a later stage - also for production of buoyancy materials for the oil & gas industry. José Luis Gramaxo – President/CEO of the Royal Lankhorst Euronete Group: “It is a new development within our Group to produce there where the market need is. The Royal Lankhorst Euronete Group has been following the developments of the Brazilian economy in the last few years and we are therefore delighted with this new investment in a production facility in Brazil. We expect the factory to start operating by January 2011.
AHTS Pulls it Weight on Lankhorst LankoForce Rope
Italian company Rosetti Marino tests its new 220-mt bollard pull Anchor Handling, Tug, Supply & Service Vessel (AHTS). Since 2010, bollard pull testing has become standard practice for newly built steel tugs. The test provides a good measure of the tugboat’s maximum pulling load. Contacted to supply a bollard pull test rope at short notice, Lankhorst supplied a 88 mm diameter, 300 m LankoForce rope made from high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) Dyneema. The rope has an actual breaking load of 4806 kN (490 mT) (spliced). Based in Ravenna, Italy, Rosetti Marino specialises in PSV's designed to provide assistance to offshore oil platforms and safely transport equipment and material to and from the platforms, even those located in very rough waters, such as the Baltic Sea and the North Sea.
MacGregor Testing New Fiber-rope Crane
MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has announced that it is now building one of the most advanced fiber-rope cranes on the market. The MacGregor FiberTrac crane will have a 150-metric-ton safe working load capacity and will be ready for testing during the first quarter of 2018. "The greatest advantage of fiber rope when handling loads in ultra-deepwater is that it weighs virtually nothing in water," said Høye Høyesen, Vice President, Advanced Offshore Solutions at MacGregor "This neutral buoyancy means that…
Research Winches for R/V Maria S. Seven special winches were supplied by Hatlapa in December 2003 after being tested and demonstrated in the factory. These winches are intended for the new research vessel Maria S. Merian, which will support the vessel Polarstern during operations in the Arctic. Hatlapa has escorted this project for five years, during which time the design of the winches was formed in close cooperation with the order principal BAW (Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau) and the shipyard Krögerwerft in Rendsburg. One specialty is the combination of friction and storage winch for handling the very long and relatively thin measuring cables. The advantage is that the sensitive and expensive research ropes can be spooled on the storage winch free from load.
Lankhorst Mouldings, RiserTec Develop Dynamic Bend Stiffeners
Offshore engineering specialist, Lankhorst Mouldings and independent engineering design consultancy, RiserTec have announced a co-operation agreement for the design and manufacture of dynamic bend stiffeners. Under the agreement, RiserTec will design and test the riser ancillary products and provide project-specific technical support to Lankhorst. Lankhorst Mouldings will manufacture the bend stiffeners at its facility in the Netherlands. “The combination of skills, experience and capability of RiserTec and Lankhorst Mouldings will ensure projects are completed in an efficient and innovative manner, with consistent high quality,” says Martin Esselbrugge, Offshore Business Unit manager.
Brunswick Acquires Lankhorst Taselaar
Brunswick Corporation said it has completed its acquisition of Lankhorst Taselaar, a marine parts and accessories distribution company based in the Netherlands and Germany. Lankhorst Taselaar will be integrated into Mercury Marine to augment the engine maker’s P&A business in Europe. “Lankhorst Taselaar bolsters and solidifies the distribution arm of our marine P&A business in Europe,” said Brunswick Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Schwabero. “As we have done in recent years with BLA in Australia and Payne’s Marine in Canada, Lankhorst Taselaar expands our reach and customer responsiveness in the global marine marketplace and offers us a larger footprint upon which to build in Europe.