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 LankoDeep rope. In the event the LankoDeep 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 LankoDeep rope is assured.
Until now there has been no DNV qualified splicing method for deepwater deployment and recovery systems. Developed in-house, the LankoDeep rope splicing procedure, which is being certified under DNV Technology qualification management and verification DNV-SE-0160, significantly improves the viability of deep water deployment and recovery projects. LankoDeep is based on Dyneema DM20 XBO optimised for cyclic bending. It is made up of twelve 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 deep water lowering and recovery projects, LankoDeep 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 LankoDeep allows operators to maximise the lifting capacity of their crane during deep water deployment and recovery. With the introduction of the new DNV Certified End-to-End splice we’re considerably increasing the utility of LankoDeep, ensuring deployment and recovery operations run smoothly”, says Sergio Leite, Sales Director of Lankhorst Offshore.