The Crosby Group introduces first-ever high fatigue life shackle

Crosby 2The Crosby Group has introduced HFL Kenter, a high fatigue life shackle, under the Crosby Feubo brand, in the offshore mooring markets 

The Crosby Group is a global leader and pioneer in offshore mooring components for the oil and gas and wind energy markets, strengthened by the recent acquisition of Feubo in early 2020.  

The new HFL Kenter shackle showcases design improvements on the popular Crosby Feubo NDur Link, an accessory used for temporary and mobile mooring applications such as rigging and anchoring offshore platforms or vessels.

Oliver Feuerstein, global director of Mooring at The Crosby Group, explained, “The fatigue life is superior, and it can connect to a variety of stud link anchor chain or other mooring accessories such as sockets and swivels. This feature separates the Crosby Feubo solution from any other worldwide and was accomplished by making it from Grade 6 steel.” 

“The new Kenter Connection is DNV-GL type approved and features the unique “Fastlock” system - proven to reduce project downtime and mitigate risk from conventional assembly/disassembly methods,” Oliver said. 

The Crosby Group provides connectors for anchors, chains, wire rope, a range of synthetics, and a variety of other components that are utilized in many applications by oil and gas and wind energy professionals.  

Oliver continued, “As many end-users and distributors of lifting and rigging gear will recognise, the HFL Kenter is a much better solution to alternative shackles, many of which are based on a Grade 4 concept that was launched in the 1980s.” 

The HFL Kenter will be stocked in all major markets worldwide and Feuerstein noted that selling the product has gone faster than anticipated. 

Looking ahead

Feuerstein described the current mood among his customer base as “carefully optimistic.” He added, “The sentiment in the industry has been suffering from the global pandemic and a negative oil price. What we hear from our clients is that in 2022, oil and gas should be back on track and there will be an increased demand on the renewable energy side. Offshore wind is growing rapidly in Europe and is one of our key markets. We will continue to develop and optimise our products, and a number of new innovations will hit the market in 2021.”


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