Our bow couplings consist of two assemblies. One fixed to the dredger, for example a trailing suction hopper dredger, and the other part fixed to the floating and flexible discharge line. This line will be hoisted to the fixed assembly and inserted in the case. After insertion the flexible assembly is clamped by two heavy duty locking clamps. The closing of the bow coupling and the locking of the bow coupling clamp due to hydraulic cylinders.
When opening the clamps by hydraulic cylinders, the flexible coupling assembly will be dis-coupled and removed from the case assembly. This can be done fast and safe without the involvement of staff at the assembly itself.