Published: 27 February 2017 27 February 2017

Webtool cable gripperWebtool has announced a gripping and lifting tool for recovering subsea cable during offshore wind projects. The Cable Retrieval Tool (CRT200), developed in consultation with DNV GL, allows the safe and controlled recovery of damaged cable up to 8” (203 mm) diameter. The CRT200 cable gripper provides a cable recovery whereby the gripper, guided by an ROV, is lowered onto the end of the cable without requiring preliminary clearing of the soil around the cable.

The mechanically locked gripping action ensures the cable cannot escape during retrieval; moreover, an internal clutch mechanism prevents damage from overtightening. By gripping the end of the cable, it makes subsequent handling much easier, enabling the cable to be recovered to a reeler or spooler on the surface vessel. Fabricated from corrosion resistant materials, the cable gripper weighs approximately 500 kilogram and has a lifting capacity of 20 tonnes. The CRT200 can be used at any water depth, and is available with hydraulic hotstab or torque bucket interface options. The Webtool range of cutting tools is designed and manufactured exclusively by Allspeeds Ltd.

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