Lankhorst Ropes has launched Lankoloop, an easy and quick towing and mooring connection that uses a simple knot and eye connection that can be repeatedly opened and closed as needed
Ease of handling and the ability to connect lines safely and quickly are vital in many towing situations, especially in adverse weather conditions. Lankhorst Ropes new Lankoloop 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.
Lankoloop 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 Lankoloop development, Lankhorst Ropes senior application engineer Pedro de Jager said, “The Lankoloop 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.”
The Lankoloop 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.
“For both towing and mooring, the Lankoloop 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,” said Lankhorst Ropes’ managing director Wilco Stroet. “Lankoloop is an important development for the maritime industry that makes softline rope connections quicker and easier to complete.”
Lankoloop is the subject of an International Patent Pending, Int. Application No. PCT/NL2020/050115.
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