A high standard of rope handling and maintenance is essential for safe mooring and towing as well as achieving an excellent rope service life. To assist with this Lankhorst Ropes’ Pedro de Jager and Renzo Romano recently provided theoretical and practical training to around 75 sailors, captains, technicians, and instructors onsite at the Port of Antwerp, Belgium.
The second largest seaport in Europe, around 14,000 vessels arrive at the Port of Antwerp each year. This level of activity requires a huge amount of rope operations for which crews must have the knowledge and skills to conduct safely. Using Lankhorst’s Strongline, Lankoforce, Lankonect and Tipto Twelve, attendees were instructed in the handling, inspection, maintenance and repair of synthetic ropes.
"As our trusted rope supplier, we approached Lankhorst Ropes to devise a collaborative training programme for our Fleet operations. From the start, Lankhorst's rope experience and expertise were clear, as well as their excellent customer service. The trainers are experts in their field and the onsite training went very smoothly. Following this our in-house trainers visited Lankhorst Ropes for a 'train the trainer' refresher course ensuring the Port of Antwerp's rope users have easy access to the most up-to-date rope handling knowledge,” said Joeri Cobham, HR Expert Development OP/SA, Port of Antwerp.
“Lankhorst Ropes is committed to ensuring customers get the most out of their ropes. Whether through handling and maintenance training or research and development that ensures rope changeover takes place at the right moment, working with Lankhorst operators can be confident they are achieving the best performance with their rope,” said Pedro de Jager, senior application engineer, Lankhorst Ropes. “Thanks to all those who attended, it is a pleasure to work with so many people eager to hone their rope skills.”