• Marine Cables: Built to Last
    07th January 2021

    Marine Cables: Built to Last

Marine transportation is one of the most popular alternatives for shipping goods across continents. It is not only inexpensive but can also accommodates even the bulkiest of products. Marine vessels need to be built durably to succeed in the marine industry. One aspect that is crucial is the choice of marine cables for different applications on the vessels.

Marine and offshore cables are designed to withstand the harshest weather conditions and are resistant to elements such as salt water, humidity, strong waves, winds, oil and grease that are prevalent in most marine and offshore operational environments. Their sturdy construction ensures the reliability of electronic components, instrumentation and control systems in corrosive environments such as the open sea. Marine cables are designed to ensure the optimal operation of marine vessels, their safety and a reduction in the maintenance costs.

Cable meant for ships have advanced features compared to ordinary residential and industrial cables. These cables must withstand the extreme temperature fluctuations they are exposed to, which in turn demands a very rigorous specification.

Flame Retardant and Fire- Resistance

All marine cables must pass the standard test on their flame-retardant characteristics set by the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) before their introduction into the market. This feature ensures the safety of your vessels, goods and offshore installation in case of a fire.

To ascertain their fire-resistance, marine cables are subjected to high temperatures and open fires above 830 degrees Celsius and pass the test only if it does not propagate flames. Passing this test means they will not easily burn, drip or melt in case there is a fire and will also avert the fire’s spread.

Low Smoke

Marine cables have low smoke emissions which is a fire safety measure. In the event of a fire, the cable does not generate high density smoke. A low dense smoke emission will speed up the efforts to extinguish the fire and lead to less considerable damage. As the smoke is minimal, there is no health hazard poised to the passengers on board.


Halogens are elements like bromine, fluorine, astatine and iodine that are all highly reactive to weather elements.

Marine cables, being halogen-free, are resistant to the extreme elements in the sea environment and have added durability. Moreover, as there is no emission of toxic gases, they do not endanger human life on ship or in offshore applications.

Some of the standard marine cables in our portfolio include:

Cable Types Application Overview
657TQ SW4 cables Unarmoured power, lighting and control
6571TQ SW4 cables Unarmoured power, lighting and control cables offering augmented electric shock protection
658Q SW4 cables Armoured power, lighting and control
RFOU cables Mud resistant flame-retardant power and control
BFOU cables Mud resistant flame-resistant power and control
P15 UX earth cables Earthing and bonding services

The range of marine cables are manufactured in accordance with several British Standards – BS6883 (fixed wiring in ships and offshore units), BS7655 (insulation and sheathing materials for offshore applications) and BS7917 (fire resistant cables for wiring in ships and offshore units). They also comply with a wide range of International Standards, including IEC 60092 (electrical installation in ships) and IEC 60331 (fire resistant cables), the Norwegian standard NEK606 (halogen free or mud resistant cables for offshore installation).

The cable lines offer several armor and jacketing options to let you customize your order to your specific environment. In addition to our standard marine cable range, we also cater to bespoke cables for specific project applications, including submarine cables capable of withstanding environmental harshness and subsea water pressures.

Electric Way – Trusted Supplier of Marine and Offshore Cables

Electric Way supplies a comprehensive range of marine and offshore cables (manufactured in accordance with various national and international standards) for shipboard wiring, offshore platforms and other at-sea installations. The applications include power, control, signal, instrumentation and telecommunications. Through our many years of experience in cable distribution, our product portfolio is designed to give our customers the greatest flexibility and choice with regards to size, armouring and conductors.

Our technical engineers have a wealth of experience to advise our customers on cable selection with set specifications as well as bespoke cable design to meet specialist marine and offshore requirements. Our technical experts work closely with the logistics team to deliver cable solutions in the shortest lead times in the industry.

Kindly get in touch with us on +971 4 817 0777 for marine and offshore marine cabling solutions.

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