Lankhorst First for Deepwater Deployment and Recovery Ropes


In an industry first for deepwater deployment and recovery systems, Lankhorst Offshore announces the development of a new DNV Endorsement of Qualification Plan End-to-End rope splice for its Lanko®Deep rope. In the event the Lanko®Deep needs to be spliced offshore by certified personnel, an End-to-End splice can be made quickly, allowing offshore handling operations to continue uninterrupted, safe in the knowledge that the integrity of the Lanko®Deep rope is assured.

Until now there has been no DNV qualified splicing method for deepwater deployment and recovery systems. Developed in-house, the Lanko®Deep rope splicing procedure, which is being certified under DNV Technology qualification management and verification DNV-SE-0160, significantly improves the viability of deepwater deployment and recovery projects.

Lanko®Deep is based on Dyneema® DM20 XBO optimized for cyclic bending. It is made up of 12 strands where each strand comprises a three-strand rope. This construction, combined with the proprietary yarn coating reduces internal heating and abrasion. Designed from the outset for deepwater lowering and recovery projects, Lanko®Deep offers significant operational and environmental benefits compared with steel wire ropes. Ropes are easier to handle and allow engineers to lift and deploy the maximum load without the need to factor in the self-weight of steel wire.

Neutrally buoyant Lanko®Deep allows operators to maximise the lifting capacity of their crane during deepwater deployment and recovery. With the introduction of the new DNV Certified End-to-End splice we’re considerably increasing the utility of Lanko®Deep, ensuring deployment and recovery operations run smoothly,” says Sérgio Leite, Sales Director, Lankhorst Offshore.

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