Lifting hook celebrates 40th year in manufacture
Henriksen Hooks AS of Norway will be celebrating the 40th birthday of its well-known boat lifting hook at Seawork in July.
Since its introduction in 1978, Henriksen says its hook has become established among users as the safest and most reliable means of launching a boat from a single crane. With over 10,000 hooks now in use around the world, Henriksen is proud of the 100 per cent safety record that the hook has maintained following its first appearance 40 years ago. Since then, Henriksen Hooks has also grown as a company following the introduction of additional single point lifting hook designs. These all aim to make an important contribution to maritime safety and the company is now established as a regular presence at Seawork.
Based today in Tønsberg on Norway’s Oslo Fjord, the Henriksen family business first began making a wide range of metal products for the marine industry in 1834. The company began to specialise in the design and manufacture of launching hooks in 1978 when it was founded as an offshoot of H Henriksen. The product’s breakthrough occurred in 1990 when the British Royal Navy recognised its potential and purchased 120 hooks to equip all of its warships. Since then it has remained as an offshoot of H Henriksen and continues under the fifth generation of the family’s management.
In recent years, the company has been responsible for innovations such as a hook that can monitor its own long-term exposure to loads, hooks that incorporate an electrical release system and others with a load bearing capacity nine times greater than their registered weight limit. Many of these will be on display at Seawork including a recently introduced towing hook developed specifically for smaller vessels such as workboats and harbour craft. Now selling steadily since its introduction at Seawork 2017, it is capable of instant release in an emergency. The new towing hook is available to take loads from ten, five and two and a half tonnes and introduces a level of safety that had not been available to workers in this sector.
Being primarily concerned with safety innovation, Henriksen Hooks has most recently announced the introduction of an on-line inspection training programme for its customers. Completion of the course enables owners of the 10,000 hooks currently in use around the world to perform the visual inspections of their hooks required annually by SOLAS. Although owners are generally keen to comply with the safety checks specified in regulations, the cost and difficulty of arranging for a Henriksen representative to perform the two-hour inspections has been prohibitive. Now, customers can designate an employee to complete the course, perform the visual inspections themselves and submit a check-list to Henriksen for certification. A factory inspection every five years remains mandatory but this new idea enables the customer to save significant amounts of money while reassuring themselves that their hooks are safe for the demanding tasks asked of them.
“It is because so many lives are dependent upon the integrity of our products that we see a continuous need to innovate and look for new ways of increasing the safety of seafarers,” said Ole-Rasmus Undrum, sales manager for Henriksen Hooks. “This policy has served us well for forty years so we intend to celebrate it in Southampton with our friends and customers in July. We haven’t decided what form our celebrations will take yet but I am confident that when we have, invitations will be in demand.”
Visit H Henriksen at Seawork International 2018 on stand PY145.
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