Lankhorst announces Lankoloop the world’s quickest towing and mooring connection


Leading maritime ropes manufacturer, Lankhorst Ropes, announces Lanko®loop, the world’s easiest and quickest towing and mooring connection. It uses a simple knot and eye connection to complete the connection in seconds. The Lanko®loop can be repeatedly opened and closed as needed. No shackle or other hardware is needed for the Lanko®loop; feeding it through any smooth strongpoint will complete the connection.

Simple and Strong Connection

Ease of handling and the ability to connect lines safely and quickly are vital in many towing situations, especially in adverse weather conditions. Lanko®loop is an all-in-one connection, no additional gear is needed. Simplifying the connection to a single openable eye ensures a safer operation without compromising on the strength of the complete line configuration.

The Lanko®loop can replace a conventional cow hitch, shackle or other hardware. Its simplicity allows many different mooring and towing configurations, as well as innovative approaches to mooring.

Heading up the Lanko®loop development, Pedro de Jager, senior application engineer, Lankhorst Ropes, said, “The Lanko®loop greatly increases the opportunities for softline connections using fewer components, such as shackles. This has the added benefit that less items need certifying, and there are less points of inspection and possible failure.”

No more heavy shackles

The Lanko®loop pennant is made from a twelve-strand HMPE (High Modulus Polyethylene) rope. It has an unmatched weight-to-strength ratio. Compared to a steel wire sling of the same length and capacity, it will match the breaking strength at only 15% of the weight. Typically, a 44mm Lankoloop will have a breaking strength of 143,1Mt MBF.

For both towing and mooring, the Lanko®loop is a breakthrough in terms of safety and ease of connection without the need to handle heavy shackles, allowing single person towing and mooring connections,” says Wilco Stroet, managing director, Lankhorst Ropes. “Lanko®loop is an important development for the maritime industry that makes softline rope connections quicker and easier to complete.

Lanko®loop is the latest softline innovation by Lankhorst Ropes and the subject of an International Patent Pending, Int. Application No. PCT/NL2020/050115. It follows the successful development of the Lanko®nect softline connection in 2019 and confirms Lankhorst’s position as the leader in innovative softline connections.

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