Henriksen demos new towing hooks
With Seawork attracting international brands all under one roof, Norwegian company, Henriksen has been using the global reach of the exhibition to demo its new towing hooks.
Henriksen has introduced a level of safety for small to medium sized vessels that are regularly used for towing that have, until now, only been available for tugs and much larger, dedicated towing vessels.
The new Henriksen towing hook provides a quick release facility that can be activated by any crew member in an emergency. If circumstances change unexpectedly during a tow and put the vessel and its crew at risk, the tow line can be released in a single action by crew on deck or in the wheelhouse. If this occurs, the disc design of the hook enables it to absorb the sudden release energy from the tow line without the hook and its mounting being dangerously stressed. The new hooks are available in three versions for towing loads; up to two-and-a-half, five and ten tonnes.
Ole Rasmus Undrum, Sales Manager for Henriksen Hooks expands on the benefit of the new design: “Each model is certified as being capable of accepting loads up to six times greater than its designated strength, which makes it a reassuring asset for any working vessel routinely engaged in towing.
“A special demonstration model has been built that will enable our stand visitors to activate its release mechanism under load. This will also allow visitors to assess its performance and practicality when compared with the use of conventional cleats or bollards.”
Commenting on why they always return to Seawork from their native Norway, Ole concludes: “We are here every year and come to meet all our customers, including the boat builders and end users like the MOD and the Navy. It’s a really good place to meet people and for networking. We’ve come to every Seawork for the past 15 years and enjoy it very much.”
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