Southampton Rigging Marine Rigging Tel +44 (0) 2380 511 929
a Department of Rigmasters (UK) Ltd

Stainless Steel
Crane Wire
Winch Wire

Grade 80 & 100
Stainless Steel
Lifting Chains
Anchor Chains

Lifting Slings
Ratchet Strops
Cargo Nets

Eye Bolts
Pad Eyes
Lever Hoists
Chain Hoists
Rigging Screws
Pulley Blocks
Load Binders
Wire Rope Hoists

South Coast Marine Rigging Specialist

Marine Rigging

Rigging in the MARINE INDUSTRY

There are various branches in the marine industry from Royal Navy, cruise ship companies, ferry operators, waterway maintenance, port trafic & safety vessels, Coast Guard, RNLI and many others. Owners and operators of vessels in all the different sectors commonly have a very complex demand for rigging equipment. Southampton, is one of the busiest main ports of the United Kingdom. Here we see all of the mentioned operators who together, make up one of the biggest fleet of vessels within the industry. From the smallest fender rope to the largest towing hawsers, the demand for ropes, wires and related rigging equipment has never been greater. At we supply all the different areas of the marine industry of Southampton and Nationwide. On leisure ships ropes are generally needed for mooring and manoeuvring and to a smaller degree the securing of cargo. This is different for out-and-out cargo vessels which, apart from the mooring ropes need a large selection of lifting & stowing equipment. These range from webbing lifting asemblies, chains, and cargo nets to load-securing items, such as webbing ratchets, hamburgers, lever ratchets, shackles of all types and sizes. Most cargo vessels have on-board cranes which use special crane wire. Port authorities who operate tug boats also have very unique demands for their vessels. The towing ropes of today’s “tugs” are made from modern high strength and high abrasion resistant fibres such as dyneema, technora and vectran a number of specially designed compositions. The sea bed of our ports and marinas is criss-crossed with mooring chains and mooring pendants. Chains for these arrangements tend to be made from galvanised steel and come in all sizes. All ropes and wires of course have to be terminated with the desired end fitting for their individual jobs. Whether it is hand-splicing, roll-swaging, cold pressing or mechanical or chemically bonded sockets we are able to apply all these methods in-house or on-site. Southampton’s Oceanography Centre has a department which services data buoys all over the oceans. These are also fitted with anchoring and retreiving equipment which needs regular replacing. When talking about rigging in the marine industry then, another very important aspect is the compliance with industry standards when it comes to the regular testing & inspection of ropes, wires, lifting assemblies, nets, safety lines etc .In short ,every piece of equipment should have and ‘item passport’ in which all the details such as, date of manufacture, safe working load, date of last and next inspection are shown. Quite often, static items such as deck-pad eyes, load securing clevis elephants feet pads, container lock pads and eye bolts need to be periodically load tested and certified. We have testing equipment for any application on any vessel and will make on-site visits to carry out the testing. We have fully qualified personnel and all test methods and subsequently issued Test certificates comply with with all UK and International standards. As briefly explained here, the world of rigging in the marine industry is as complex as in the yachting industry, the industrial and all other areas where ropes, chains, wires, shackles etc. are still the means of holding things together. Our vast experience in all of these fields enables us to offer service and advice that is founded and years of hands-on experience and the observing of all the relevant changes of methods, materials and customer demands.


Marine Rigging a department of Rigmasters (UK) Ltd

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