Happy Easter !
EUROCORD is back with its newsletter !!! The first edition of this year has been sent out to all our members. If you want to read it to learn about what the association has been up to in 2018, do not hesitate to contact us. We would be happy to send it to you.
ISO Excellence Award
Congratulations to our Technical Director, Antonio Freitas who has just received the ISO Excellence award. His hard work has been appreciated by the ISO community for years and its expertise has finally been rewarded.
The award was given on January 23rd in Brussels during one of many ISO meetings that Antonio has taken the time to attend in person.
We want to warmly thank him for everything he has done for EUROCORD. Once again, congratulations !
Wilhemsen’s Smart Rope stole the show at SMM. Visitors at this year’s SMM trade show in Hamburg, Germany, have been challenged to walk a mile in seafarers shoes and test out Wilhelmsen Ships Service’s smart rope system. The rope was put on display at the company’s stand and visitors were invited pull the rope and see what they are made of as the system provides real-time pull load results.
The 2018 EUROCORD Annual meetings have successfully been held in Brussels this week! We had the pleasure to host 40 representatives of our members from all over Europe. All the committees and Technical working groups met. Discussions were productive, things are moving and all of that while having a great time in the Capital of Europe.
The meetings also marked the very first General Assembly in our new office in Brussels since we moved from Paris in March. A lot of exciting things have been happening and will be continuing to happen. EUROCORD is growing and we look forward to taking the Association further up every day.
EUROCORD Annual meetings are coming up! There is only 4 days left to register. A detailed program of this exciting event is being sent out today. You didn't receive it? Do not hesitate to contact us. We will send it to you along with the registration form.
See you very soon in Brussels!
Svitzer A/S Adopts Samson Fusion-12™ Lines for Midsize Tugs !
Svitzer A/S has done so to overcome the challenge of traditional fiber ropes which are usually heavy, large and difficult to handle. Moreover, the weight problem becomes greater when the rope is wet. Hence, the company was looking for a rope that could withstand the strain of standard operations encountered by midsize tugs, eliminating the headaches of undetected damage that can lead to early failure, but without the investment in high-performance, all-HMPE (high-modulus polyethylene) ropes. This is when Samson offered a great solution: Samson’s Fusion-12. As a hybrid rope, it blends the strength and performance of Dyneema® HMPE with polyester fiber into a single-braid construction that is significantly stronger than other polyester ropes, yet lighter, more flexible, and easier to handle.
The Secretariat attented an inspiring conference on circular ocean. Many interesting projects have been presented to tackle the issue of marine waste by recycling and reusing the ropes and nets that are dumped into the oceans. It has been shown that it can be very profitable and that there are many opportunities in this circular economy.
Here are some useful links:
- The Circular Ocean
- Fishy Filaments
- Marelitt Baltic
- Claire Potter Design
- Technologist: The exstensiveness of recycling potential in contruction materials
The worldwide leader in high-performance rope and market leader in commercial and recreational marine applications Samson has announced a expanded presence in the European market through Spain and its surrounding areas.
"We’re very pleased to see this new level of commitment to commercial and recreational marine customers in this region of Europe. Baitra has been a partner of ours in these industries since 2015, and we’re looking forward to extending Samson’s relationship with them long into the future.” says Samson Marketing Strategy Manager, Gavin McWilliams.
On March 20-22 were held great and productive meetings in our new office in Brussels, Belgium. The first two days have seen experts gathered to work on important ISO TC 38 / WG 21 documents. Negociations were intense but the results are great.
On the last day, Eurocord Technical Group 1 (Nets and Twines) and 2 (Fibre ropes/slings and Testing procedures and standards) have met to discuss various topics including structure and work of the committees, plastics waste, ongoing ISO stantards, the evaluation of the Machinery Directive and CBOS Testing guideline.
Overall, a clear improvement in the participation rate has been noted, with a minimum of 20 participants per meeting.
Mørenot Holding AS -a world leading supplier of equipment and services to the world’s fishery and aquaculture industries- has signed an agreement to sell a majority stake to FSN, a northern European private equity investement company.
"FSN Capital is excited about the opportunity to play a leading part in providing the world's growing population with a healthy source of protein in an environmentally sustainable manner. We are eager to partner with the founding family in realising the company's next growth journey," said Ulrik Smith, partner at FSN Capital Partners AS, acting as investment adviser to FSN Capital.
For more information, check out the Press Release.