HOUSTON --- Lankhorst Ropes Offshore Division will display its new LankoFirst fiber rope connector for deepwater and ultra deepwater mooring lines at the Offshore Technology Conference this year.
The LankoFirst range, which includes rope-rope, rope-wire, and rope-chain connectors, was developed by Lankhorst Ropes, Offspring International, and subsea mooring connector specialist, First Subsea.
LankoFirst connectors, developed specifically for deepwater fiber connections, are claimed to be smaller, lighter, stronger, and more efficient than current plate links and thimbles. Lankhorst says they are easier to make-up, and the rope splice is slimmer, and therefore lighter, for the same MBL.
Lankhorst Ropes Offshore also will introduce the A3 Rope Splice, which it says provides 100% efficiency with no loss in rope strength caused by splicing. The system is said to make rope handling easier as there is no doubling of the rope or splice stiffness in the mainline.
Additionally, the A3 Rope Splice design is claimed to be less prone to abrasion on vulnerable areas of the splice.