KLAW has developed the Marine2, a new marine breakaway coupling. The Marine2 is 32% shorter and 25% lighter than alternative marine breakaway couplings on the market and is designed to reduce stress on hoses used on offshore hose reel applications. The shorter design can reduce coil disruption on the hose reel, while alternative designs that are longer can increase hose stress and fatigue.
The KLAW marine breakaway coupling provides a safe parting point within the hose transfer system in ship-to-ship, ship-to-shore and vessel to offshore platform transfers. The coupling is designed to activate in an emergency such as vessel drift in stormy conditions or pressure surge. When activated, the valves within the coupling shuts both upstream and downstream flow within the hose transfer system and allows immediate separation of the line.
The KLAW Marine2 is designed to minimize the risk of spill and reduce the risk of damage to assets, injury to personnel, extended downtime and contamination of the environment.
Like its KLAW predecessor, the Marine2 is designed to resist those bending moments and torsional forces expected from floating wave motions and the rigors of the marine environment and reacts only to those axial forces that occur in an emergency. The Marine2 also continues to use the KLAW Flip-Flap Valve system for instant closure.
KLAW Easy Reset Facility is also fitted as standard on the Marine2 which means the coupling can be serviced or reset after activation within the line to further reduce downtime and stress on the hose due to the reduced need for additional handling.
The KLAW Marine2 comes in standard nominal bore sizes of 2in, 3in, 4in, 5in and 6in and is compatible with soft walled, hard walled, and composite hoses. A variety of end connections are available including NPT and BSP threaded, flange connections, and hammer union fittings.