Offshore & Marine Cables : 3 Steps To Help You Identify

1. Offshore & Marine Cables Type


Marine cables are used for installation on ships and offshore platforms in applications including drilling rigs, cruise, naval, and marine. The range of marine cables includes transmission cables, communication cables, instrument wires, power cables, and control cables, which are usually routed in distribution boards, lighting, control circuits, critical instrument signals, telephones, etc.

Offshore & Marine Cables can be designed and manufactured into many types and standards according to process requirements. Marine grade cables typically feature tinned copper wire conductors, insulation, and armor to withstand harsh marine environments.


2. Offshore & Marine Cables Standards


  • IEC 60092 & IEC 60331 standards

  • BS 6883 & BS 7917 Standards

  • EN 50267 Standards

  • JIS C 3410 Standards

  • UL1309 standard

  • Water Blocked NEK 606 

  • DIN 89158 / 159 / 160

  • VG 95218 part 29 NAVY cables

  • IEEE 1580 type P


3. Offshore & Marine Cables Specification


Conductor: Class 2 copper conductor to IEC 60228 (Class 5 Cu for single cores)

Insulation: XLPE (Crossed linked polyethylene) to IEC 60092-351

Bedding: Separator bedding tape

Sheath: LSZH (Low smoke, zero halogen) to IEC 60092-359

Colour: Black or white

Core Identification:

 Single core: Black/red/white/yellow/ green/ blue 

2 core: red & black3 core: Brown, black & green

4 core: Brown, blue, black & grey

5 core and above: Black, red, white, yellow, green, blue.

Operating temperature: Maximum 90°C, minimum bending -15°C

Voltage: 600/1000v


4. Offshore & Marine Cables Sizes


Flat Marine Cable (GAUGE/AWG): 18/2, 18/3, 16/2, 16/3, 14/2, 14/3, 12/2, 12/3, 10/2, 10/3, 8/2, 8/3, 6/2, /6/3, 4/2

Round Marine Cable (GAUGE/AWG): 18/2, 18/3,18/4, 16/2, 16/3,16/4,  14/2, 14/3, 14/4, 14/5, 12/2, 12/3, 12/4,12/5, 10/2, 10/3, 10/4,10/5, 8/2, 8/3, 8/4, 8/5, 6/3, /6/4, 4/4

Marine Primary Wire (GAUGE/AWG): 20,18,16,14,12,10,8

Marine Battery Cable (GAUGE/AWG): 6,4,2,1,1/0,2/0,3/0,4/0


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