Webtool Announces Umbilical & Cable Recovery Gripping and Lifting Tool

Webtool Announces Umbilical & Cable Recovery Gripping and Lifting Tool

Webtool announces a gripping and lifting tool for umbilical rope. The new tool is for recovering subsea umbilical and cables for offshore oil & gas and decommissioning projects. The Cable Retrieval Tool and Umbilical Gripper (CRT200) has been developed in consultation with international certification body and classification society, DNV GL. The gripper allows the safe and controlled recovery of damaged cables and umbilicals, up to 8” (203 mm) in diameter.

Current methods of recovering umbilicals for repair or replacement are laborious, time-consuming and can be expensive. It involves trenching the seabed around the cable to allow a double choke sling to be attached using an ROV. The hydraulically operated Webtool CRT200 umbilical gripper offers a quicker and safer method of retrieval and improved handling.

The CRT200 umbilical gripper provides a streamlined cable recovery. 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 umbilical cannot escape during retrieval. Moreover, an internal clutch mechanism prevents damage from over-tightening. By gripping the end of the cable, it makes subsequent handling much easier. This enables the cable to be recovered to a reeler or spooler on the surface vessel.

Fabricated from corrosion resistant materials, the umbilical cable gripper weighs approx. 500 kg and has a lifting capacity of 20 tonnes. The CRT200 can be used at any water depth and is available with hydraulic hot stab or torque bucket interface options.

“Working in consultation with DNVGL, we’ve designed the CRT200 gripper to provide offshore contractors with a highly effective way of recovering umbilical and cable from any water depth. By gripping the end of the cable it is easier to handle once on board the vessel,” says Keith Elliot, engineering director, Allspeeds Ltd.

Complete Webtool Umbilical Gripper & Cable Recovery Package

Webtool offers the complete cable recovery package covering both cutting the cable and its recovery with the umbilical gripper. The ROV-operated Webtool cable cutting tools range capacity. From the lightweight HCV100 for cables and umbilicals up to 4” (101mm) to the HCV270 for cutting up to 10.6” (270mm) in severe working conditions and allows driverless deployment.

The Webtool range of high-performance cutting tools is designed and manufactured exclusively by Allspeeds Ltd. This includes our umbilical gripper and lifting tool, as well as all other Webtool ROV tools. 

To find out more information on our range of Webtool cutters or umbilical grippers, call 01254 615100, or email: info@allspeeds.co.uk. You can also contact us here on our contact page if you have any questions regarding our range of tools.