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Fibrelight MOB Recovery Cradle 6m

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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 Manufacture

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.


Key Features:  

  • SOLAS approved
  • Lightweight
  • Portable
  • Compact
  • Multiple uses (recovery cradle, boarding ladder, scramble net, stretcher)
  • No requirement for annual servicing
  • 3 years manufacturers warranty



  • Width: 1.3m
  • Lengths:  2m, 3m, 4m, 5m, 6m, 7m, 8m & 9m
  • Weight: 1.6 kg per metre
  • Safe working load: 900 kgs


Colours Available:

  • The Cradles come as standard in orange/red but black or olive drab are available on request.


Sizes Available:

  • Fibrelight Cradles are available in lengths of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 metres and are 1.3 metres wide. 
  • Larger sizes are available for bespoke requests. 
  • The Cradles are amazingly lightweight, a 3 metre cradle weights as little as 5 kilograms.


Dimensions 2m x 1.3m 3m x 1.3m 4mx 1.3m 5m x 1.3m 6m x 1.3m 7m x 1.3m 8m x 1.3m 9m x 1.3m
Weight with Case 4.25 kg 5.5 kg 6.75 kg 8 kg 9.25 kg 10.5 kg 15 kg 17 kg

SOLAS regulation III/17-1 requires that “All ships shall have ship-specific plans and procedures for recovery of persons from the water, taking into account the guidelines developed by the Organization. Ships with Keels laid on/after 1 July 2014 will be required to comply with this resolution. Ships constructed before 1 July 2014 shall comply with this requirement by the first periodical or renewal safety equipment survey of the ship to be carried out after 1 July 2014 whichever comes first.”


Patents / Certificates:
UK Patent GB2451127
European Patent 2178743
US Patent 8905803
Certificate of Design Registration (IPO) 4028064
SOLAS Certificate number SAS S150121



When purchasing the Cradle, the following optional accessories are available for separate purchase:

  • Attachment Slings to add length and convert the cradle from 6-point linkage to 2 or 3-point linkage
  • Extendable pole & hook to assist with recovery. 1940mm in length and extends to 4855mm. Extendable Rescue Hook to assist with bringing the MOB towards the cradle
  • Ballast Rungs to offer sinkage in the middle rungs of the cradle
  • Loop-Through Bag to protect and safely store a cradle in its position of use



Fibrelight Product E-Catalogue

* The Fibrelight Cradles are now

a key feature of the safety equipment on

the new Carnival flagship Britannia*




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