LEONI Introduces SeaLine® Cable to Shipbuilding, Offshore Industries in North America

Marine data communication cables used in ships and on oil platforms have to withstand a number of environmental foes, including salt water, UV rays, and mud. These cables also must keep operating in the event of fire. Starting in July 2017, LEONI Engineering Products & Services, Inc. (LEPS) will meet the cabling needs of the North American shipbuilding and offshore industries by offering LEONI SeaLine® Category 6A data transmission cables.

Available through LEPS’s recently launched Automation & Drives Business Unit (A&D), LEONI SeaLine is designed to be fire resistant and flame retardant according to the standards IEC 60331-23 and IEC 60332-3-22 (Cat. A), respectively. The cable maintains its functional integrity during fire influence for 180 minutes, continuing to transmit all necessary power or signals.

“Whether it’s a boiler room explosion or mis-declared cargo susceptible to spontaneous combustion, as we’ve seen in recent news reports, the shipping industry continuously contends with the risk of fire,” says Gordon Stryker, A&D Sales Manager, North America, at LEPS. “The same is true for the offshore oil and gas industry. LEONI SeaLine cables assure customers that their vessels or platforms will continue to deliver power and critical data for up to three hours during a fire.”

Resistant to sunlight, the RoHS-compliant cables are available with three types of halogen-free, low-smoke outer sheaths: SHF1 (thermoplastic), SHF2 (cross-linked thermostable material), and mud-resistant. The design of the LEONI SeaLine reduces the amount of toxic and corrosive gas emitted during a fire. The cable also comes with optional steel wire-braided armor, which adds more protection from any type of corrosive solvents. In addition, the armor helps prevent rodents from chewing through the cable and protects the cable from being crushed.