MacGregor has introduced its fibre rope offshore crane, FibreTrac.
Designed to comply with DNV GL regulations, the FibreTrac crane has a 150-tonne safe working load (SWL) capacity. It features a rope monitoring and management system that maximises rope lifespan and provides clear lift line status information for the operator at all times.
According to MacGregor, FibreTrac is able to exploit its full lifting capacity because of the significant weight savings when using fibre rope in water, compared to steel wire rope. By using fibre, no additional weight is placed on the crane, regardless of the length of rope used during load handling operations, added MacGregor.
“In practical terms, this means that a smaller crane and vessel can be used for more assignments, and owners are able to bid on a wider range of contracts,” explained Høye Høyesen, vice president, advanced offshore solutions at MacGregor.
He added: “The ability to use smaller vessels for deepwater projects will also drive down the cost of these operations and give our customers a stronger competitive edge.”