Cables for ultra-cold environments

“Nexans production units and the NRC have proven their ability to conquer the challenges of distance, language and cultural barriers to develop exciting new shipbuilding products.” 



image 1Shipboard and offshore
Nexans’ new ultra-cold-resistant rubber cable was designed for shipboard and offshore applications. Not only can it maintain its properties down to -50°C, it is also fire retardant and resists oils and aggressive chemicals and fluids.

Flexible and resistant
This is the first marine energy cable on the market qualified for such low temperatures. Normally, cables become stiff and brittle in extreme cold. However, this rubber-based cable co-developed by Nexans Kukdong (Korea) and the Nexans Research Center (NRC) in Lyon remains highly flexible and resistant, while ensuring advanced fire performance.


Arctic oil and new routes
Offshore supply vessels increasingly need ice-class capabilities due to oil & gas exploitation in colder climates. Also, due to global warming, cargo ships are now using new arctic shipping routes, and cruise liners are frequenting Antarctica. 


image2From the customer to Lloyds
Based on a perceived need at Hyundai Heavy Industries, Nexans Kukdong and the NRC set up a new research project in close cooperation. Compound development was done at the NRC while industrialization was carried out in Korea with concurrent testing at both locations. Final certification was done by Lloyds Register. Two products were developed: Halogen-Free Flame & Fire Retardant (HFFR) and a halogenated version, both of which are widely specified. These products are now commercially available to shipyards worldwide.


Coordination the key
Strict project management which drew on customer input and well-defined task sharing between the NRC and Nexans Kukdong achieved a technical breakthrough which we hope will be an outstanding commercial success.