Franklin Offshore broadens fibre slings heavy lift capability


Franklin Offshore has broadened its offshore heavy lifting capability following fibre slings and anchor line training by Lankhorst Ropes at the rigging and mooring equipment specialist’s factory on the Caspian Sea near Baku, Azerbaijan. The training allows Franklin Offshore to now offer both steel wire and fibre rigging solutions in line with growing demand by EPCI contractors. The scope covers both high performance lifting slings and anchor lines.

We see increasing interest in fibre rigging solutions as companies look for ways to optimise their offshore lifting operations. Critical to the use of fibre slings is the ability to inspect them after each project. Our engineers are now able to do this thanks to Lankhorst’s rope training,” says Elnur Aliyev, General Manager at Franklin Offshore Caspian.

Fibre Slings Inspection

In the course of the sling training Lankhorst master splicer Renzo Romano showed engineers from the steel wire section how to inspect fibre rope.

Regular inspection of fibre ropes is vital to their safe re-use. Our training shows how to inspect the ropes and determine what is normal wear and what needs attention. We also explained how the hardwearing outer jackets on LankoForce rope slings can be repaired, if necessary, to protect the inner load-bearing rope,” notes Renzo Romano.

We welcome the opportunity to train Franklin Offshore engineers so that they can now add synthetic slings to their rigging solutions. Fibre slings re-use is important in ensuring contractors can use them on multiple heavy lift projects,” say Marcel van der Molen, sales director heavy lift, Lankhorst Ropes.

Lanko®Force – Strong & Easy to Handle

Made from DSM’s Dyneema® yarns, Lanko®Force heavy lift slings provide an easier to handle alternative to steel wire ropes. When compared to steel wire, Lanko®Force offers greater strength yet its weight is seven times lower. These features enable faster lifting operations due to user-friendly ergonomics of the fibre rope slings, which in turn translate into significant operational savings.

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