Leading inland shipping distributors from The Netherlands recently visited the Lankhorst Ropes and Lankhorst Euronete facilities in Portugal. Covering everything from yarn production to manufacture of large diameter, deepwater mooring ropes for the Gulf of Mexico, everyone agreed the tour was a great success.
Lankhorst Ropes is a technology leader in maritime, shipping and offshore ropes. “The tour was a good opportunity to show our inland shipping distributors the scale and capability of our fibre and steel wire manufacturing and development resources within Lankhorst and the wider WireCo WorldGroup. All the distributors were very pleased that we invited them and impressed with everything they saw,” notes Rudolf Jongma, Area Sales Manager, Lankhorst Ropes.
The distributors visited a number of Lankhorst production and research facilities including Lankhorst Yarns at Maia to observe the production of high performance yarns and the manufacture of fishing nets and maritime ropes. Everyone was fascinated by the ease and speed of production of jacketed rope. At Viana de Castello, the full scope of Lankhorst’s fibre rope engineering know-how was demonstrated in the production and splicing of large diameter, deepwater mooring lines used to moor floating oil and gas platforms in water depths up to 2,200m. In addition to Lankhorst Ropes, the distributors also visited the steel wire rope factory of Oliveira, part of WireCo, and one of the oldest rope manufacturers in Portugal.
“As the demands on inland shipping companies grow in terms of rope performance and service life, we are able to show our distributors that Lankhorst is leading the way in terms of manufacturing resource, rope performance and commitment to drive down the cost-of-ownership,” says Hans-Pieter Baaij, Commercial Director, Lankhorst Ropes.