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1. (WO2018065385) AUTOMATIC-OPENING FAIRLEAD AND TOWING DEVICE COMPRISING THE FAIRLEAD

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/065385    International Application No.:    PCT/EP2017/075034
Publication Date: Fri Apr 13 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Wed Oct 04 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: B63B 21/10
B63B 21/66
B63B 21/16
Applicants: THALES
Inventors: CADALEN, François
COSSON, Olivier
HOFMANN, Pierre
Title: AUTOMATIC-OPENING FAIRLEAD AND TOWING DEVICE COMPRISING THE FAIRLEAD
Abstract:
The invention relates to a fairlead designed to be fitted to a towing device that can be installed on the deck of a ship and comprising a winch, a cable that moves in the fairlead (20) under the action of the winch, the fairlead (20) comprising: ∙ an open-cross-section channel (24) extending along a main direction (27) such that it is possible to guide the cable, ∙ a movable bolt (30) enclosing a section of the channel (24), ∙ a force sensor (32) located before the bolt (30) in a sense (34) on the main direction (27) and designed to detect an external force, and ∙ a trigger (36) designed to open the bolt (30) when a force that is exerted on the sensor (32) and oriented along the main axis (27) in the sense (34) exceeds a predetermined force, and to close the bolt (30) when this force disappears.