The wait is over
First shown in 2017, the hook has attracted considerable interest from the marine and offshore markets but Henriksen has held it back until it completed a long and complex testing programme.
Now available globally, the new crane hook has been especially developed for launching inflated liferafts. It is permanently attached to the fall wire of a crane and clips into a steel lifting ring on the liferaft. It holds the liferaft safely while it is being hoisted out and lowered and releases automatically when the raft reaches the water and the load has come off the hook. This is useful for a range of applications including escaping from ships, oil platforms and wind turbine towers.
“The specific nature of this hook required us to be satisfied that it will function perfectly under load in any climatic conditions,” explained sales manager Ole Rasmus Undrum. “Our company has a 100 per cent safety record and we had no intention of risking our reputation that we have worked so hard to maintain.
We could only achieve this by investing in new machinery and developing testing techniques that we could use in-house. This equipment included two different machines to test cyclic load: one to test the hook for loads between about 100 kg and up to the safe working load. The other was for testing the full on and off-load cycle with a range of test loads up to 3850 kg.
This particular trial was very labour intensive and required around four weeks of non-stop testing. There was, in addition, a pendulum machine designed to test the hook for an abrupt stop and for collision against the ship’s side. Happily the hook has now passed its scrutiny with flying colours and we are confident that it will prove to be an asset for our company and for our customers.”
The Henriksen Liferaft Hook (HLH) is the latest in a range of products developed to make the launch and recovery of boats and survival equipment safe and reliable. Located next to the Oslo fjord in Norway, Henriksen has a long history in this sector of the maritime industry and is a first choice for military or workboat operators seeking the reassurance of totally safe and reliable hooks that also offer the benefit of a long working life.