Strengthened Cooperation between DSM and COSCO Shipping Energy

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December 20, 2018

Press Release – DSM, the producer of Dyneema®, the world strongest fiber™ and world leading crude oil transporter COSCO Shipping Energy Transportation Co. Ltd.–are celebrating the tenth anniversary for the 1st set of ropes made with Dyneema® fiber on COSPEARL LAKE.

As a testament to the success of the long-term partnership between the two companies, Dyneema® fiber has now been continuously selected as yarn material to be used in mooring ropes for COSCO Shipping Energy oil tankers.

Back in January 2008, when COSPEARL LAKE became the world’s first VLCC vessel to be 100% equipped with mooring lines made with Dyneema® fiber, mooring lines were typically made with steel wire, which are heavier, and could be harder to handle, and potentially even dangerous.

Ten years on, synthetic lines made with Dyneema® fiber have consistently demonstrated high performance and reliability over lifetime, and improvements to crew safety and operational efficiency. Today, the COSPEARL LAKE still relies on the 22 mooring lines brought on board.

Now, in the latest stage of the long-standing partnership, COSCO Shipping Energy is bringing mooring lines made with Dyneema® fiber to more oil tankers – introducing a number of major benefits:

  • With scientific design and authorized manufacturers, ropes made with Dyneema® fiber have been proven to serve VLCC for 10 years or even more
  • Mooring ropes made with Dyneema® fiber are also safer for crews to handle and have significantly reduced the likelihood of hand, wrist or back injuries and eliminated the risk of backlash related to steel wire rope
  • Ropes made with Dyneema® fiber are up to seven times lighter than a steel wire rope of the same strength and diameter. This makes them easier to handle and reduces the turnaround and docking operation times required for vessels of up to 300,000 tons
  • Ropes with Dyneema® fiber are chemical resistant and don’t need grease or lubrication, which saves man power, avoids slippery decks and reduces pollution into the sea

Bastiaan de Koning, Global Business Director of DSM, says about the deal: “We are very proud of our partnership with COSCO Shipping Energy over the past decade and are pleased to continuously bring Dyneema® fibers to these vessels. Thanks to the skills of our rope making partners and the expertise of our global application development and technical service teams, we are committed to deliver continually outstanding performance to COSCO Shipping Energy vessels for many more years.” *

Zhao Jin Wen, Vice President of COSCO Shipping Energy, adds: “Mooring ropes made with Dyneema® fiber has been applied to more than 20 new built very large crude oil tankers (VLCC). In 2008, the 1st set of synthetic lines was installed on COSPEARL LAKE. During these ten years, lines made with Dyneema® exceed our expectations by the clear performance over lifetime, efficiency and safety benefits they can bring. We are delighted to extend our relationship with long-term partner DSM and will apply lines made with Dyneema® fiber on more oil tankers.”

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