Future Fibres has achieved Germanischer Lloyd Type Approval for its superyacht range of PBO rigging cables and is, to date, the only composite rigging company to have Classification Society approval.
For 140 years Germanischer Lloyd (GL) has been offering its services to the shipping industry and setting standards in technology, safety and quality. GL is recognised by the superyacht industry as a leading authority in its field, and its endorsement of Future Fibres’ products comes at a time when superyacht owners and project managers are rapidly recognising the benefits of lightweight PBO rigging.
“GL approval of our superyacht systems will reassure skippers of our build quality and the thoroughness of our procedures”, says Future Fibres CEO Tom Hutchinson. “It will also add value to the selling proposition of owners and operators in the charter and cruising businesses, where it improves insurance options and demonstrates a responsible attitude to the safety of crew and guests aboard”.
Although achieving GL Type Approval involves exhaustive and lengthy testing procedures, Future Fibres’ processes already included advanced quality assurance systems through a decade of supplying rigging to grand prix racing syndicates (including Volvo and America’s Cup) and specialist safety tethers to the Formula 1 GP circuit.
Hasso Hoffmeister of Germanischer Lloyd states: "Future Fibres have achieved the first “Type Approval” issued by Germanischer Lloyd for Fibre Cable Rigging of Sailing Yachts. The yachting industry had asked for a technical benchmark more than two years ago. Since then, Germanischer Lloyd has developed an industry standard for "fit for purpose" fibre cable rigging. Manufacturers can prove that their product is an appropriate piece of equipment for staying masts on Super Yachts.
After a long process providing proof of quality measures and after having successfully passed a challenging test triathlon, we are happy to confirm that Future Fibres products deserve carrying the GLY symbol.”
Independent ISO laboratory tests for ultimate strength, fatigue strength, resistance to chafe and resistance to impact were performed on a number of different size cables. Production methods, storage & traceability of materials and installation & usage manuals were all scrutinised to ensure the end user has the knowledge to maintain the products within the approval rating. In practice this will involve regular visual inspections of the rigging by crew backed up by factory checks at service intervals, made easier by the fact that PBO cables are easily transported, coiled up as lightweight packages.
Recent superyachts to specify Future Fibres PBO rigging include Sojana, Hamilton II, Leopard III, a range of Wally yachts and a new build at Royal Huisman Shipyard, designed by Dubois Naval Architects.