THE FIBRELIGHT MOB RECOVERY CRADLE IS A SOLAS APPROVED ‘MAN OVERBOARD RECOVERY DEVICE’ THE LADDER HAS BEEN ACCEPTED BY THE MCA (UK FLAG) TO BE USED ON ALL VESSEL TYPES.
The Fibrelight MOB Recovery Cradle is a maritime recovery system that can be operated by a single crew member.
The cradle can also be used as a boarding ladder, scramble net and stretcher.
It is lighter, more compact and more versatile than any comparable device on the market.
The cradle requires only monthly visual inspections by a crew-member and minimal maintenance.
It has been primarily designed for easy use by rescue craft, rigid inflatables, ship lifeboats, tug boats and marinas; it can however be used by any vessel of a suitable size.
One end of the cradle is secured to the vessel with the outboard end held away from the vessel by hand or boat hook – the MOB is then guided into the cradle and once securely in place the casualty is rolled into the vessel rung by rung using a parbuckling action.
Fibrelight products are constructed using carbon fibre (or occasionally fibreglass) rods enclosed in flanged tubular webbing which together create an incredibly strong structure.
Carbon fibre is an extremely strong and light fibre-reinforced plastic which contains carbon fibres; it is five times as strong as steel, twice as stiff, yet is about one third of the weight.
Carbon fibres can be expensive to produce but are commonly used wherever high strength-to-weight ratio and rigidity are required.
Fiberglass is a type of fibre-reinforced plastic (GRP) where the reinforcement fibre is specifically glass fibre.
It is similar to carbon fibre in strength, is slightly more flexible but is heavier.
Carbon fibre is currently about three times more expensive than GRP.