DNV Approves Nautilus Rigging's Lifting Hooks Range

Nautilus Rigging has secured key type approval for the company's groundbreaking lifting hooks range.

All Nautilus Hooks™ now have Det Norske Veritas (DNV) certification, verifying them fit for purpose and meeting all European and international lifting hook standards.

The safety hooks range was launched to widespread acclaim at last year's Offshore Europe and the Aberdeen-based company has since begun filling its order book.

Managing director Bill Toon said, "Now we have DNV approval, we expect business to take off sharply. Quite a few potential customers -- major oil and gas players among them -- have been hanging fire while we waited for certification to come through.

"The same applies to potential international distributors -- some made DNV approval a condition of going ahead and we're now poised to put in place some key exclusivity contracts."

The company already has a partnership with Unirig Pty Ltd of Perth, Western Australia, which placed an initial order worth more than £177,000, and has also agreed to an informal supply arrangement with Bridon-Cookes of New Zealand, which has ordered £15,000-worth of stock. Discussions are under way with potential distributors in the United States, Norway, Canada, and Italy.

The Nautilus Hooks™ range largely consigns to history the pinch and trap injuries associated with all traditional "latch-lock" lifting hooks in a unique design that puts safety first alongside ease of use and competitive pricing. The design -- the first major advance in more than 30 years -- was refined over three years and then field tested offshore in the North Sea in the spring, achieving an exceptional 89% approval rate from users.

All Nautilus Hooks™ -- for which international patents are pending -- are manufactured to the highest standards which includes individually proof-testing every hook to 2.5 x WLL prior to packaging and shipment.