The Type P Marine Shipboard is a cable intricately designed to ensure optimum performance in offshore drilling facilities like oil rigs and shipboards. The marine environment is often a harsh operating environment which presents people with many challenges more so with regards to power transmissions. Tides and waves bring a lot of impulses to oil drills and ships and these impulsive forces have a direct bearing on the consistency of power transmissions in the drilling systems. This calls for a special type of Marine Cable and that’s where this Type P Marine Shipboard single conductor comes in handy. There are many cables at Nassau Electrical by famous manufacturers like General cable, Americable and Southwire which would serve the same purpose but on this post we’ll focus on the unarmored Type P Marine Shipboard 600v to bring out its unique attributes.

Electrical supplying cables have different performances based on the purposes they are designed to serve. For this reason a contractor or an electrician responsible for power installation should know the specific type of power cable to use in the appropriate field. This is to avoid electrical faults which may arise due to wrong cable choice causing poor performance in the power transmission channel. Single Conductor Power Cable is made of top quality materials with resilient features hence great performance.

The cable is made of a stranded soft, hard drawn tinned copper wire which is in line with the IEEE 1580 table 11. The electrode is highly flexible and twisted to form a concentrically compacted conductor strand which is then encased with a cross linked polyolefin insulation and coated with a black sheath. This insulation is flame retardant so it reduces chances of severe cable burns in case of fire outbreak. It also prevents the contractors and electricians handling the cable from getting electrocuted during power installation.

Materials used in the construction of this cable are approved by the following internationally recognized standards initiatives:

1.NVE 95/1696, FAL
2.United States coast guard
3.Flame retardant standards as per 60332-3 category A and the IEEE 1202

Insulation of the single conductor unarmored power supplying cable is made of polyolefin material which is cross linked, this significantly boosts safety of the conductor and people handling it. Moreover, the cross-linked insulator protects the cable from damages which may be caused by corrosive chemicals, strong sunlight rays, abrasion and harsh climatic conditions of the environment in which the cable is installed. Besides protecting the conductor, the insulation also protects the technicians from unnecessary electrocution during its installation as well as the drill operators that will be handling the oil rig after the installation is done. Other than safety, this insulation is ideal because it greatly enhances the cable’s lifespan.

Features and Benefits

1.It is flame retardant and can as well be used as a general fire cable. Thi s gives it a dual purpose because it can be installed both in areas prone to fire outbreak as well as in wet environmental conditions. 

2.It is made of flexible and soft tinned copper conductors. Flexibility of the conductor makes it very easy to install  as compared to rigid electrodes because less effort is needed to bend, pull, roll or cut the cables.

3.Thick reliable insulation made of cross linked polyolefin in accordance with specification standards of IEEE 1580 enhances the cable’s durability by ensuring it can withstand vibrations caused by waves offshore for many years as well as mechanical and chemical damages.

4.This cable is designed to transmit voltages of up to 600 volts. It is meant to carry power in a secondary transmission lines after the electric current is stepped down from higher voltage lines via transformer.

This cable has been designed, developed and manufactured to serve mainly in the offshore drilling activities as well as in the petroleum institutions. Its operational in these sectors is optimal because it is constructed to serve to the uttermost in the harsh marine environment.


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