The introduction of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) Mooring Equipment Guidelines (MEG4) has raised the level of crew safety expected from industry best practice. All stakeholders including ship builders, vessel operators and rope suppliers, such as Lankhorst Ropes, are expected to work collaboratively to ensure the enhanced level of crew safety is achieved across a large variety of vessel types and sizes.
As a member of the OCIMF multi-disciplinary working group, Lankhorst Ropes was closely involved with the development of the new MEG4 guidelines for the safe mooring of tankers and gas carriers at terminals. Commenting, Hans-Pieter Baaij, commercial director, Lankhorst Ropes said “The focus of the new MEG4 guidelines is crew safety with particular attention on rope selection and operation. Lankhorst’s involvement in the development of the new mooring guidelines enables us to advise on the requirements of MEG4 and further end-users’ understanding with documentation on the technical aspects.”
Minimising the risk from mooring starts with rope selection. Using the right mooring arrangement of mooring lines and tails, material and construction is essential. Once in operation ropes and other mooring equipment require regular monitoring and maintenance by a trained and well-equipped crew following the procedures set out by the manufacturer. Working with Lankhorst, operators can be confident in implementing the new OCIMF mooring equipment guidelines, ensuring the safety of their crews and vessels.
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