As deadlines get tighter and ever-larger structures are expected to be installed, repaired or removed, underwater rigging providers are seeking ways to increase their productivity while maintaining high standards of safety.
The essential underwater operations performed by commercial divers support a diverse range of industries, including oil and gas, aquaculture and transportation. Traditionally, steel chains have been used to support activities such as underwater welding, underwater installation, rigging, maintenance and repairs. However, many in this profession have experienced the difficulties of handling heavy and cumbersome steel chains underwater. They require regular inspection and care to combat corrosion and can potentially be hazardous to commercial divers and their equipment.
But what if there was a high-quality alternative which can do everything steel chains and slings can – only better?
Synthetic chains made with Dyneema® are 85% lighter than steel chains of the equivalent strength, making them much easier to handle underwater. Certified by DNV for lifting and lashing applications, synthetic chains allow for fast and easy handling. They also make lifting oblique, irregular shaped items when underwater far simpler due to their easily adjustable length. Positioning, coiling and storing synthetic chains made with Dyneema® is also easier and faster than working with traditional steel, and the benefits don’t stop there. It is no surprise that synthetic chains made with the world’s strongest fiber are more durable than steel chains. This durability means less wear and tear, a longer lifespan and lower maintenance costs.
Most importantly, synthetic chains made with Dyneema® make underwater operations safer. Synthetic chains are naturally buoyant in water, reducing the strain on commercial divers and conserving much-needed oxygen. In addition to buoyancy, their low weight properties, fabric-like texture and low noise generation help prevent injury or damage to crew and cargo. The fabric-like texture of synthetic chains made with Dyneema® puts a stop to accidents caused by damage to diving suits, as well as any potential damage to ships, tools, loads and underwater structures that can result from strong currents. Safety is also enhanced as a result of synthetic chains’ resistance to corrosion, eliminating the risk of this causing loss of strength and, ultimately, unexpected failure.
Discover more about game-changing synthetic chains made with Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber: https://www.dsm.com/dyneema/en_GB/applications/ropes-lines-slings-chains/synthetic-chains.html
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