William Hackett Launches Offshore and Subsea Lever Hoist
William Hackett has launched SSL5, incorporating its patented quad pawl (QP) mechanism – positioned as one of the safest offshore and subsea lever hoist.
“It’s a piece of engineering innovation that will transform safety levels globally when lifting offshore and in subsea operations using lever hoists,” said Ben Burgess, director at William Hackett. “We’ve designed this hoist to provide the highest level of safety, with increased levels of redundancy and resilience to failure. Its QP offset load bearing mechanism is the best in the market, and it offers enhanced operating performance compared to twin pawl products.”
The patented QP mechanism synchronizes a set of four pawls which constantly work together to minimize the time and distance traveled to the next point of engagement.
“It overcomes jamming and unintended malfunctions that can be experienced when using other simpler first generation products,” added Burgess. “This helps to minimize project downtime or costly delays to work scopes, providing total peace of mind for operators and marine contractors.”
SSL5 also overcomes the current industry-norm of single use immersion hoists.
Customer controlled field trials were conducted over a 60-day period. The SSL5 passed a multi-immersion test, inspection and operation programme and secured DNV GL verification.
“Our investment and focus on safety are strictly aligned with organisations such as the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), and the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC) that support safety standards for lifting equipment being used in the Emirate,” said Burgess.
“The UAE is a key part of our strategic focus where it is not so reliant on oil, which makes up around 30% of its economy, but more reliant on foreign investment to create infrastructure,” concluded Burgess. “There are challenges for the economy, but projects such as UAE’s Expo 2020 is a big initiative, so we believe there’s a large part to play in supporting the region to build their infrastructure safely and securely with our hoist. We are in a very good market position with this latest innovation and are delighted to be making the official launch of the SSL5 QP lever hoist in the UAE at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference (ADIPEC).”