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Southwest Wire Rope Achieves DNV GL Certification for Offshore Lifting Sets

Posted on June 29, 2017


Southwest Wire Rope, a Heavy Lift Division of HWC (NASDAQ: HWCC), has received its DNV GL Type Approval Certificate (TAC) to design, manufacture, test, tag and certify lifting sets for Offshore Containers (DNV 2.7-1) and Portable Offshore Units (DNV 2.7-3).

This certification positions Southwest Wire Rope as a DNV GL certified manufacturer of the largest wire rope diameter for offshore lifting slings in the US.

DNV is the premier accredited registrar and classification society for offshore lifting in the world.  A vast majority of offshore companies require (or at least prefer) DNV certification for offshore lifting needs. What sets Southwest Wire Rope apart from its competition in this space boils down to three key factors:

  • The TAC covers wire rope sizes up to 3-1/2" (89 mm) with a  Working Load Limit of 92 metric tons (applicable to DNV 2.7-3) , the largest wire rope size in the US; and,
  • Southwest Wire Rope will design & manufacture slings for DNV 2.7-1 & DNV 2.7-3 without requiring DNV GL's approval, resulting in shorter lead times and lower costs for customers; and,
  • Southwest Wire Rope will manufacture DNV GL certified slings in all three locations: Houston, Texas, as well as New Iberia & Sulphur, Louisiana.

The DNV GL TAC was issued to Southwest Wire Rope on 6/13/2017 and is valid through 6/12/2021. 

“We are excited by the opportunity this presents our customers across the Gulf Coast,” said Eric Davis, President of HWC Heavy Lift Division, “because the nature of our DNV certification allows us to manufacture these types of offshore lifting slings faster than anyone else – which gives our customers a decisive advantage in a highly competitive market.”