Low friction fairlead launches

Nylacast’s Chock Liner Nylacast’s Chock Liner has a smooth surface and finish which helps reduce the risk of ropes breaking or failing. Credit: Nylacast

A new self-lubricating, low friction fairlead has been launched in the maritime industry.

The fairlead has been designed to reduce fibre rope wear and abrasion and the risk of lines breaking or failure to providing greater safety and efficiency in vessel mooring.

Nylacast’s Chock Liner is also designed to provide better equalisation of mooring loads, especially when in high swell. Corrosion resistant, it requires little or no maintenance and no painting, coating or external protection.

The technology has already been supplied for seven years on a demand basis and Master of Teekay’s LNGC Tangguh Sago, commented: “The Nylacast Chock Liner is an excellent product for preventing mooring rope wear and damage.

“I believe the Chock Liners should be installed on all vessels equipped with HMPE ropes. We have installed 30 Chock Liners to the vessel which are still in excellent condition after seven years of continuous service and should last its lifetime.”

New or retrofit

The Chock Liner is versatile and capable of being fitted to brand new vessels and retro fitted to existing chocks and panama fairleads with no hot works or dry docking required.

There is also no need for crew members to be near mooring lines under tension, as minimal chafe protection is required following installation of the Chock Liner.

The Chock Liner is also suitable for polyester/polypropylene, polyester and nylon ropes.

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