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03 Nov

Lankhorst Ropes Announces Breakthough in Ease of Deepwater Mooring Line Connectivity and Deployment

Lankhorst Ropes Offshore Division (LROD), part of the Royal Lankhorst Euronete Group BV, announces the LankoFirst range of fibre rope connectors for deepwater mooring systems.

Developed by subsea mooring connector specialist, First Subsea and LROD worldwide agent, Offspring International, the new connectors will revolutionise the ease with which deepwater fibre mooring lines are connected and deployed offshore. The LankoFirst range includes rope-rope, rope-wire and rope-chain connectors.

Traditional fibre rope mooring connectors are often cumbersome to handle and time-consuming to complete during deepwater mooring operations offshore. LankoFirst is developed specifically for deepwater fibre connections. The connectors are smaller, lighter, stronger and more efficient than current plate links and thimbles. Moreover, they are easier to make-up and the rope splice is slimmer, and therefore lighter, for the same MBL.

Importantly the LankoFirst fibre connector has been designed to be safer and easier to assemble offshore, whether vertically or horizontal. LankoFirst sub-connectors are integrated with the spliced rope during rope manufacture, ensuring the quality of the splice and saving time when assembling the connectors on the vessel.

LankoFirst – dedicated deepwater fibre connector

Dave Rowley, director, Offspring International, says, “LankoFirst gives naval architects and installation contractors a dedicated deepwater fibre mooring connector that is smaller, lighter, easier and quicker to make-up than traditional rope connectors. Moreover, as offshore projects move to deeper waters the number of fibre rope connectors needed will increase, and so the ease of assembly and time saving benefits with LankoFirst will make a substantial impact of reducing mooring line installation times.”

Manufactured from the same materials, and to the same high quality standard, as First Subsea’s subsea mooring connectors, the LankoFirst is designed to easily run and retrieve across the mooring vessel’s stern rollers and on anchor handling ships. “Our world leading metals forging research has been important in providing us with the technical know-how to optimise the design to make the LankoFirst connector small, light and easy to assemble, yet able to withstand the rigours of deployment over the stern roller,” comments Brian Green, general manager, First Subsea.

Range of Flexible Fibre Rope Connections

For maximum installation flexibility, the LankoFirst connector is available as three types of connection: Clam, Snap and Link.

The Clam connector is where the sub-connector is spliced with the rope during manufacture and enclosed within clam shell case during deployment for fibre rope to fibre rope (R2R) and fibre rope to chain (R2C) connections.

The Snap connector is for fibre rope to fibre rope (R2R) connections where the spliced rope is integrated with the connector during rope manufacture and simply snapped together offshore.

The Link connector is for fibre rope to fibre rope (R2R) where spliced ropes integrated with connectors (female clevis head and male padeye) during rope manufacture and a pin connection made offshore.

“LankoFirst brings a level of flexibility and ease of installation to fibre deepwater connections that simply hasn’t existed before. Naval architects and installation contractors can now choose the connector that best suits their requirements in terms of the type of fibre connection and how they want to deploy it offshore,” says Chris Johnson, sales director, Lankhorst Ropes Offshore Division.

More information on the LankoFirst fibre mooring connectors is available from Dave Rowley, Offspring International, email: david.rowley@offspringinternational.com.

For more information download the LankoFirst fibre rope connector brochure.

Editor’s Note

Offspring International

Offspring International Ltd is a leading mooring systems company for both single point mooring and deepwater polyester rope moorings. It is the worldwide agent for Lankhorst Ropes Offshore Division, the world’s No.1 manufacturer of deepwater polyester mooring tethers. Offspring International’s deepwater projects include Chevron’s Tahiti Spar and Murphy Oil’s Thunder Hawk floating production unit in the Gulf of Mexico.

First Subsea

First Subsea Ltd is a leading supplier of subsea connection and mooring systems for deepwater platforms, FPSOs, FPUs and subsea field buoys. The company’s Ballgrab ball and taper connection system is used in over 250 subsea mooring connection installations on 30 projects worldwide, including Kerr McGee’s Constitution, Gunnison and Red Hawk SPARs, Murphy’s Kikeh and Thunder Hawk projects, Total’s Dalia and Akpo projects, Tullow’s Jubilee and BP’s Block 31, Statoil Hydro’s Peregrino FPSO buoy, and Shell’s Perdido development.

Lankhorst Ropes

Lankhorst Ropes is a member of the Royal Lankhorst Euronete Group. With more than 200 years of experience and 1,200 employees, we are a worldwide innovative group with fully equipped production sites and R&D departments, located in The Netherlands, Portugal and Greece, for the production of a wide range of products in maritime and offshore ropes, technical yarns, fishing / yachting gear, Pure composites, recycling and moulding material.

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