Video: ‘The Missing Link - Improving the mooring process’
The European Harbour Masters' Committee (EHMC) has just released this advisory video on improving the safety of the entire mooring process, which you can watch here.
Though there are a number of publications on safe mooring (by OCIMF and the Nautical Institute), there is a definitive lack of education about rope application in the port and shipping community. Further, the EHMC felt that there was no training video available that addresses all aspects of mooring and was produced with the input of all parties concerned.
The aim of this film is to make the mooring process safer and more efficient, and to prevent damage to terminal equipment and vessels. This is important to ship crews, linesmen, pilots, ship owners, ship masters, ports, Harbour Masters and terminal operators.
During the making of the film many experts discussed the topics raised and to produce in the end one common view was quite challenging: many a best practise is not yet common practise. And there is no single set of internationally accepted guidelines for the entire shipping industry for the relation between the mooring components; mooring winch on vessel – mooring line on vessel – bollard/quick release hook on shore.
When producing the Missing Link, the partners involved agreed that the weakest link in the chain of these three components should be the Maximum Holding Capacity of the brake of the mooring winch. The strongest link in the chain should be the bollard/quick release hook on shore. In the end, the brake should render before the mooring line, if not even worse may happen; the mooring bollard brakes. Even if wind and/or current forces are small, the brake should be the weakest link to avoid that the shore bollard breaks loose of its’ foundation due to unloading or other unforeseen conditions.