Southampton Rigging Southampton Rigging Tel +44 (0) 2380 511 929
a Department of Rigmasters (UK) Ltd

SAILING
Ropes
Wires
Rod
Kevlar
Blocks
Winches
Clutches
Vangs
Rams

ARCHITECTURAL
Ballustrading
Roof Stays
Guy Ropes
Safety Wires
Ornamental Rope
Mast Stays

MARINE
Mooring Ropes
Hawsers
Webbing
Nets
Anchor Warps
Lashing
Webbing

INDUSTRIAL
Lifting Equipment
Towing Equipment
Hauling
Securing
Safety Gear

STAGE RIGGING
Theatre
Events
Gymnasiums

South Coast Rigging Specialist

Southampton Rigging

RIGGING EXPLAINED

The world of rigging encompasses a large variety of applications. At one time it was mainly associated with ships, where the standing rigging such as wires and heavy ropes would hold up the mast and the running rigging is used to haul up and position sails and spars. Today however, we can see the art/craft/profession of rigging used in just about all industries, from manufacturing to leisure .As the application for ropes and wires have increased, so have the many ways of terminating ropes and wires.

In the old days, ropes and wires used to only be hand-spliced but, today a large range of terminations such as, roll-swaging, mechanical-swaging, cold heading, cold bonding and press termination are available to cater for any intended use. Stage rigging in theatres for example use ropes which range from traditional hemp to modern, ultra-light polyester ropes. The yachting industry uses rope materials like, dyneema, technora and other high strength compositions. Accessory equipment for any type of rigging such as, shackles and pulley blocks, thimbles and snap hooks, rigging screws and other types of tensioners, bulldog clamps and norseman fittings have also evolved over years and today, we are able to find a suitable part for any specific function. The available materials today are manifold, including mild steel, galvanised steel, stainless steel, chrome, bronze, brass, titanium to carbon fibre, any material type of rigging components are available to suit the job.

The Construction & Lifting Industries are other big areas of rigging use. There they use lifting assemblies made from grade 80 & chains and endless duplex webbing, winch ropes for cranes and goods lifts but also safety wires for men working at heights.

The Ministry of Defence has one of widest range use for rigging, from assault course ropes, recovery ropes & wires, stowing & lashing equipment, lifting & towing to many specialised applications. In the Navy as well as in the marine industry, the demand for ropes & wires and any related rigging gear is still as strong as ever. From mooring ropes, hawsers, anchor warp & chains, flag lines & halyards, towing pendants, lifting strops to crane wire.

Of course, with the introduction of new applications, materials and systems, the legislations which are covering the manufacture, use & safe handling and maintenance has also moved with the times. Today, it is necessary to keep a detailed record of most rigging equipment in use, also inspection of lifting equipment and where applicable testing has to be carried out periodically. Although the sailing/yachting fraternity is still somewhat governed by common sense rather than legislation when it comes to inspecting the rigging, all other industries are now bound by very stringent rules and regulations.

At SOUTHAMPTON RIGGING (www.southamptonrigging.co.uk) we endeavour to supply a service whatever the request may be. Our experience covers all the above mentioned areas and we are always happy to assist whether for a small or large project, for example a climbing rope for a tree in a garden, a new halyard for a yacht, winch wire, lifting equipment or any test & inspection of gear…

PLEASE CONTACT US :

Southampton Rigging a department of Rigmasters (UK) Ltd

Tel +44 (0) 2380 511 929

www.southamptonrigging.co.uk

 

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www.rigmasters.co.uk

www.sailboatrigging.co.uk

www.ropeandwire.co.uk

www.marinerigging.co.uk