Lankhorst Ropes' Mooring Rope Manual
Lankhorst Ropes' Mooring Rope Manual

The Wet Cargo industry cannot ignore MEG4, the OCIMF’s Mooring Equipment Guidelines (fourth edition 2018) anymore. Your customers expect that you work in accordance with the new Mooring Equipment Guidelines. With MEG4 the OCIMF focuses more than ever on the safety of the vessel’s crew and the terminal staff. 

But what is the real impact of the MEG4 on your company and on your activities? What is your responsibility? And how do you prepare your organization for MEG4? Lankhorst Ropes provides guidance on managing the mooring ropes on your vessels in accordance with the new guidelines. This Mooring Rope Manual ensures you maintain business continuity.

The main goal for managing mooring ropes according to MEG4 is the safety of your crew, but the guidelines offer more. Lankhorst Ropes’ focus on cost of ownership leads to efficiency in your costs, the worldwide availability of our ropes guarantees uniformity in your mooring lines and the recycling program helps you enhance your environmental policies.

The OCIMF’s Mooring Equipment Guidelines (fourth edition 2018) should be the basis for your mooring policy. The document contains information and recommendations for all aspects  mooring in your daily activities. For the mooring lines and tails Lankhorst Ropes clarifies the most essential subjects in this Mooring Rope Manual. How should you select a rope for your activities? Which factors influence mooring line performance? What are the inspection criteria? And when should a rope be discarded? The Lankhorst Ropes’ Mooring Rope Manual will answer your questions.

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Rope Selection
A high standard of mooring rope management is essential for the safety of the crew. It is also essential to avoid mixing mooring ropes, this will lead inevitably to snapback, endangering crew and port personnel. Furthermore, optimizing mooring operations is an important factor in achieving efficient loading and unloading – reducing unnecessary and costly delays and additional port charges.
Factors influencing mooring line performance
As soon as the mooring lines and tails are in use the performance can be influenced by several factors. These factors can be divided into three main areas: Damage, Operation and Environment. See chapter 4 of the Lankhorst Ropes' Mooring Rope Manual.
Maintenance, Inspection and Retirement
For optimal safety on your vessels, it is recommended that a scheduled maintenance program in use for rope maintenance, inspection and retirement is implemented. In chapter 5 of the Lankhorst Ropes' Mooring Rope Manual all related issues with regard to rope maintenance will be reviewed. In chapter 6 particular attention is paid to the inspection and retirement. Rope maintenance, inspection and retirement should be an integral part of the mooring line specification and selection process and documented in the ship’s Line Management Plan.
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The most important questions from chapter 9 (Mooring) of the OCIMF Ship Inspection Report (SIRE) Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ7) are highlighted op page 40 of the Lankhorst Ropes' Mooring Rope Manual. 

1. Are certificates available for all mooring lines and wires?

2. Does the ship have a Mooring System Management Plan?

3. Does the ship have a Line Management Plan?

4. Have the operator’s policies on line inspections, retirement and wear zone management been implemented as outlined in the Line Management Plan?

5. Do all mooring lines and where fitted, mooring tails, meet Industry guidelines?

12. If mooring tails are fitted to wires or HMSF lines, do they have proper connections and are they correctly fitted?

17. Are mooring wires, lines, synthetic tails and connecting apparatus in good order?

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