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6 tips for safe mooring operations

Mooring and unmooring operations hide a number of risks for those who get involved, many times leading to a fatal accident or a collision; Thus, it is of a great importance when conducting any mooring operation to follow specific steps to ensure the safety of all those conducting the operation.

Mooring operation heavily injures crew

The Swedish Club issued its December’s monthly scenario focusing on a serious injury when during mooring operations the AB threw the heaving line to the line handler, with the monkey fist heavily hitting him on the head; The Club stresses that the mooring operations should always be in line with the instructions from their flag state, port state and ideally what is stated in the COSWP.

Mooring challenges from line manufacturers’ perspective

Mr. Konstantinos Koronakis, CEO, D.KORONAKIS SA makes a brief assessment of MEG-4, pinpointing areas of improvement after one year of implementation. As a line manufacturer, he provides insight into key issues concerning mooring, highlighting that mooring operations are certainly challenging but also safe when all precautions are taken.

Case study: Mooring line failure onboard

A large LNG carrier was docked in an LNG terminal in UK. The 345.30m LOA carrier was moored with a total number of 20 lines (high modulus polyethylene ropes) following the ‘3-2-3-2 fore and aft’ rule. The vessel had 22 lines on board (as per manufacturer’s requirements) to be used during mooring operations of 44mm diameter Steelite Superline Xtra high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) with a specified minimum breaking load (MBL) of 137t.

Mooring Equipment Guidelines: Updates and new terms

In July 2018, OCIMF issued the fourth edition of its Mooring Equipment Guidelines (MEG4) to update related guidelines and include new chapters on Human Factors in Mooring Design, Jetty Design and Fittings, Ship Shore Interface and Alternative Technologies.

Do’s and don’ts when dragging anchor

A dragging anchor is one of the many unwelcome incidents a ship may encounter during its operational life at sea. Sometimes the anchor may drag, something that may not be in control of the crew. So, what rests for the crew to do is to recognize the signs of a dragging anchor: Early identification is the key to avoid accident-related to the dragging anchor situations.

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