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Monday, June 29, 2020 

A double order of DuroWipers pantographs has kitted out two newbuild vessels built by Arklow Marine Services in Ireland, a long-term user of the wipers.

According to Billy Tyrrell of Arklow Marine Services: “We have found DuroWipers to be exceptional, both in terms of price and quality, which is why we have come back to them again and again. The market at the moment is very much price driven so we largely have to make decisions on that basis. Fitting a wiper that lasts the lifetime of the vessel is cost effective for our clients.”

 The first set of Class 50 pantographs went to equip a 19m newbuild Crabber AmberLisa for the McNeil family in Glasgow. Measuring 19m x 7m x 4.2 m depth with a steel hull and part aluminium shelter deck and wheelhouse, this vessel was built to be robust being destined for North Sea fishing with 4,000 pots in trams of 200.

The second vessel equipped with Class 50 DuroWipers was an 18m fish farm vessel for Marine Harvest, a similar build in all respects to its sister vessel Croi na Farraige, which was delivered by Arklow two years previously.

Noel Gould, MD DuroWipers, said: "The reputation of DuroWipers expands across many markets, a wiper system that can handle the harsh environments a lifeboat has to tackle is also going to perform well on a fishing vessel."

"We’ve got no complaints and we’ll definitely bear DuroWipers in mind for future new vessels,” said Tyrrell.

DuroWiper pantographs and pendulums have a patented twin drive rotary transfer box designed for smooth, powerful and reliable performance. The wipers have been designed to last the lifetime of a vessel. Made from AISI 316 stainless steel they are sustainable, and claimed to be the most robust on  the market. DuroWiper pantographs are specified on the UK Shannon Class Lifeboat where the conditions they encounter are extremely treacherous and the vessel operator needs clear vision at all times. The Class 50 pantograph is the smallest in the DuroWipers range, suitable for applications where space is at a premium. DuroWipers offers a lifetime guarantee on its wipers for the RNLI and the Royal Navy. For commercial operators it offers a free warranty for three years, above and beyond the usual 12-month standard.

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