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Offshore lifting hoists and chains specialist William Hackett has launched SSL5 offshore and subsea lever hoist, incorporating its patented quad pawl (QP) mechanism

Ben Burgess William HackettBen Burgess, director of William Hackett. (Image source: Knights Media & Public Relations)

Ben Burgess, director at William Hackett, said, “It’s a piece of engineering innovation that will transform safety levels globally when lifting offshore and in subsea operations using lever hoists.”

“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 synchronises a set of four pawls which constantly work together to minimise the time and distance travelled to the next point of engagement.

“It overcomes jamming and unintended malfunctions that can be experienced when using other simpler first-generation products,” said Burgess. “This helps to minimise 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 reveal William Hackett’s SSL5 hoists were immersed 12 times over a 60-day period. It successfully passed a rigorous multi-immersion test, inspection and operation program witnessed and verified by DNV GL.

“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,” Burgess highlighted.

“The UAE is a key part of our strategic focus where it is not so reliant on oil, which makes up around 30 per cent of its economy, but more reliant on foreign investment to create infrastructure,” he added.

“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),” concluded Burgess.