36 kms (118,000 ft) of Gama® 98 polyester rope is ready for shipment at Lankhorst Euronete Portugal’s dedicated deepwater mooring rope factory in Portugal, where Lankhorst’s investment in new production facilities in 2012 is paying dividends.
Since 1998, Lankhorst Ropes has manufactured over 370 kms (290 miles) of Gama® 98 rope for many industry leading mooring projects.
The Viana do Castelo factory covers some 3,600m² of production facilities together with 2,400m² storage area. Close to the port, it allows production of larger reels of deepwater mooring ropes that cannot be easily transported by road; instead the reels are simply moved to the quayside ready for load out, significantly reducing transport costs from factory to port.
In addition to rope production, the factory includes a large deepwater mooring splicing, single point mooring (SPM) hawser and riser tether make-up and storage area, enabling multiple offshore rope projects to be undertaken simultaneously.
A key feature of the factory is a 12 strand braiding machine, enabling a more flexible approach to the manufacture of deepwater mooring (DWM) ropes. Moving from 8 strand to 12 strand will reduce the number of sub-ropes per DWM rope while enabling higher sub-rope output, decreasing the time needed for splicing, and making the production process more efficient.
Press Release, May 01, 2014; Image: Lankhorst Ropes