Wire ropes are used for a variety of maritime operations. Applied onboard all types of marine vessels including ships, large boats, drilling units,etc. these ropes are chosen for their flexibility, breaking strength, resistance to deformation and bending, anti-corrosion and anti-frictional properties.
Wire ropes are mostly utilised for mooring, towing, handling heavy lifts and similar other operations. Due to such profound usage, wire ropes are subject to constant wear and tear. They are exposed to corrosive seawater, dry and heated working temperatures, high and inconsistent pressures / tensions on wires and strands, chafing and internal wear, etc.
Such adverse work conditions can lead to untimely breakdown of the wire ropes if proper care is not maintained. In order to avoid premature failure of wire ropes, understanding onboard maintenance requirements such as their lubrication is very important.