Extending the Life of Wire Ropes in the Marine Environment

Published Feb 12, 2019 7:13 PM by Viper

Wire rope lubrication is an essential part of maintenance in the marine environment, and modern lubrication equipment does a much faster and more effective job than traditional manual methods. The Viper MKII Wire Rope Lubricator cleans and lubricates wire ropes quickly, efficiently and safely. It is faster and safer than manual greasing, increases rope life and can be operated by a single person.

The Viper MKII Wire Rope Lubricator range provides fast and effective cleaning and lubricating of wire ropes. Wire ropes from 6mm (15/64”) to 165mm (6-1/2”) in diameter can be greased at speeds up to 2,000 meters per hour. Incorporating high strength light aluminium alloy material and ergonomic design principles enables safe operation by a single person. Ideal for use on cranes, towing lines and mooring lines, the Viper MKII eliminates the HS&E risks associated with manual lubrication. Use of the Viper MKII provides improved wire rope lubrication by working lubricant into the structure of the wire rope due to the unique Viper seal design.

The Viper is available in three standard sizes covering wire ropes from 6mm (15/64”) to 165mm (6-1/2”) in diameter

Other lubricators just coat the surface of the ropes, but the unique and hardwearing seal design massages lubricant into the rope, offering greater lubricant penetration which leads to increased rope asset life and extended relubrication intervals.

Viper customer MOL Tankers says that the Viper MK II Wire Rope Lubricator “is a vastly superior instrument” than those it has previously used:

“The ship is very happy with the Viper WRL and shipyard have been using it to renew 4000 metres of wires in dry-dock. It is a vastly superior instrument than those we have previously supplied to our ships. No leakages, grease all over the deck and therefore less work than before. (The cost is also less!) After 4000 metres the seals are still holding-up well. All in all, ships staff and self are very satisfied.”

The Viper MKII will be on show at the Sea Air Space Exposition from May 6-8 at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. The Sea Air Space Exposition is the largest maritime exposition in the U.S. and is not to be missed.

We invite you to come and see the Viper MKII Wire Rope Lubricator in action on stand 1017. You will be able to see a live demonstration of the Viper MKII and talk to our staff about how the Viper MKII Wire Rope Lubricator can increase productivity, reduce downtime and save you money.

The opinions expressed herein are the author's and not necessarily those of The Maritime Executive.