Franklin Offshore Korea, part of the Singapore-based Franklin Offshore Holding Pte Ltd group of companies, has signed a representative sales agreement with leading fibre ropes manufacturer, Lankhorst Ropes, for the supply of OCIMF MEG4 certified mooring ropes. The ropes are manufactured and tested to OCIMF guidelines. Lankhorst MEG4 mooring lines have many benefits and enable ship operators to increase crew and terminal safety and maximise rope service life.
The Franklin Offshore group is one of the world’s largest steel wire rope fabricators, and a leading provider of quality rigging, mooring equipment and support services to the global offshore construction, oil and gas exploration and production industries. Part of WireCo WorldGroup, Lankhorst Ropes is a technology leader and innovator in fibre ropes for mooring, towing and heavy lift applications. Under the representative agreement, Franklin Offshore Korea will sell and distribute Lankhorst Ropes’ MEG4 mooring lines for new build and mooring line replacement applications in South Korea.
The introduction of the OCIMF’s Mooring Equipment Guidelines 4 (MEG4) marked a step change in the procurement of mooring lines for oil and gas, and LNG tankers. Fully MEG4 compliant manufacture and testing is critical to ensuring the benefits of MEG4 are realised. Lankhorst is one of the few companies supplying rope manufactured and tested to full MEG4 requirements.
“Franklin Offshore has a strong and successful relationship with Lankhorst. We recognise the quality and reliability of their fibre ropes,” says Angie Tang, CEO, Franklin Offshore Holdings Pte. Ltd. “Lankhorst MEG4 compliant ropes will be a welcome addition to the range of mooring solutions offered by Franklin Offshore Korea for VLCCs, ULCCs and LNG carriers.”
Lankhorst Ropes’ managing director Wilco Stroet welcomes the opportunity to expand Lankhorst’s collaboration with Franklin Offshore International. “The MEG4 ropes representative agreement builds on our successful heavy lift slings agreement with Franklin Offshore International. The combination of our expertise and knowledge in maritime mooring ropes, and leadership in MEG4 lines, together with the drive and experience of Franklin Offshore Korea makes this a perfect match.”