Lanko®Force Ropes for The Ocean Cleanup


Lankhorst Ropes has supplied The Ocean Cleanup with Lanko®Force ropes for its first cleanup system. The Ocean Cleanup has developed and is now deploying advanced technologies to remove plastic from the world’s oceans. Lanko®Force ropes have been used to tow the system from San Francisco Bay into the Pacific for trials with further Lanko®Force ropes holding the system together in its ‘U’ shape. After successful trials Lanko®Force will now be used to tow the system to its final position in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and hold the system in shape.

Made of Dyneema yarns, Lanko®Force is stronger than conventional steel wire rope, yet the corresponding weight is 7 times lower. As a result, Lanko®Force is an excellent alternative for heavy and lumbersome steel wire ropes in situations requiring manual handling of the rope.

Commenting, Hans-Pieter Baaij, commercial director, Lankhorst Ropes said, “We are very happy to be continuing to work with The Ocean Cleanup having previously supplied Lanko®Force and Euroflex ropes for a prototype system trialled in the North Sea. Lankhorst Ropes is committed to enhancing its own sustainability as well as our customers. In addition to the ‘Through Life, For Life’ rope programme Lankhorst recently launched the Florida Cruise Industry Rope Recycling Initiative.”

Florida Cruise Industry Rope Recycling Initiative

The Cruise industry has some of the most innovative recycling, reducing and reusing strategies in the world. Highly commended at the Seatrade Cruise Awards, Lankhorst’s rope recycling initiative assists cruise lines in going further by repurposing synthetic fibre mooring lines previously sent to landfill as picnic sets, landing stages and even bridges.

Through Life, For Life

Lankhorst Ropes’ ‘Through Life, For Life’ rope programme gives operators a portfolio of rope service life support and sustainability benefits unmatched in the industry. From development of a mooring plan to rope selection and management through predictive service-life rope testing and training, Lankhorst provides complete ‘through life’ rope service with the benefit of longer rope service-life, easier handling and safe operation.

‘For Life’ combines Lankhorst Ropes’ commitment to Green manufacture with extended rope service-life, and ultimately rope recycling, providing levels of sustainability that make a significant contribution to customer environmental policies.

For more information on Lankhorst maritime ropes call +31 (0)78 6117 755, and email

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