RSS Supplies for Falklands Project Upgrade

By Joseph R. Fonseca

Rope and Sling Specialists (RSS) has supplied lifting
and rigging equipment for the Mare Harbour upgrade project, part
of a massive modernisation of the military infrastructure on the
Falkland Islands, a British overseas territory off the coast of
Argentina.

Mare Harbour is a small settlement on East Falkland, on Choiseul
Sound, primarily used as a port facility and depot for RAF Mount
Pleasant, located about 15km north. An upgrade is underway to
make the harbour suitable for larger vessels, namely the POINT
Class ships, with roll-on roll-off capability of the Falkland
Islands Resupply Ship (FIRS). There are approximately 10 FIRS
sailings per year, which deliver military supplies including
hardware, food and commercial freight to the Falkland Islands.

RSS has supplied wire rope slings, web slings, round slings,
shackles, hydraulics, chain slings and wire rope to civil
engineering and maritime service provider VolkerBrooks, part of
VolkerStevin, which agreed the £19m upgrade-£180m will be
invested in the Falklands over the next 10 years-with the Defence
Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).

Alan Varney, depot manager at RSS headquarters in Bridgend,
Wales, said: "The opportunity to supply such a landmark and
important project represents a great start to 2017 and once again
demonstrates our capability to manufacture and source lifting
equipment for demanding applications to a short lead time."

RSS received the order on 9 January and committed to delivery to
Morecambe in Northwest England two weeks later. The shipment,
which filled 15 pallets, included 35t and 25t capacity wire rope
slings manufactured by RSS in addition to chain slings of various
sizes that were also assembled at the South Wales facility.

Varney added: "Our 1,000t Sahm Splice hydraulic press enables us
to manufacture slings up to 55t working load limit (WLL), which
is a capability that is generating significant and ongoing
interest from industry. We have adapted our manufacturing
processes to enable us to meet this demand within the stringent
time constraints often associated with orders for such
equipment."

VolkerBrooks (formerly Humby and Brooks), acquired by
VolkerStevin in 1937, placed the order with RSS, which already
supplies, hires and inspects lifting equipment for the specialist
service provider. VolkerBrooks is committed to maintaining the
highest standards of workmanship supported by its suppliers,
systems and facilities to provide an efficient and effective
service.

Rob Coupe, managing director at VolkerStevin, said: "As a
specialist in marine construction works, we look forward to
working on this design and build project for the roll-on roll-off
facility upgrade. We're pleased to be working as part of this
investment to modernise military infrastructure on the Islands
and look forward to starting."

Feb 21, 2017

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