Keith R. Hazelrigg - Houston TX
NL Industries, Inc. - New York NY
Apparatus for making up underwater fluid connections comprising first and second connector assemblies each comprising at least one conduit connector member, the connector members of the two assemblies being matably connectable by movement of the assemblies toward each other. A pair of levers carried by the first assembly are pivotable about a first axis transverse to the direction of movement in connecting the two assemblies, the two levers further being generally parallel and spaced apart along said first axis. The levers have force transmitting arms engageable with the second assembly to urge it toward the first assembly, and are interconnected for joint pivotal movement. The levers have a terminal position engaged with the second assembly when the connector members are connected, and lock bars carried by the first assembly retain the levers in the terminal position. The levers, lock bars, and second assembly are interconnected in the terminal position such that attempted movement of the assemblies away from each other tightens the engagement between the lock bars and the levers.