[Posted on November 6th, 2013 by Bill Stewart]
No one wants to deal with marine accidents and mooring analysis can prevent this. A boat or other vessel needs to be tied down when it’s at port and this means that the mooring needs to be adequately grounded. Through the use of advanced software, analysis can ensure that all aspects have been considered.
When you schedule mooring analysis, there are several things that should be included in the report:
- Wind and wave capability
- Shielding of pier
- Options to lock vessel
- Pre-tension for mooring setup
- Rope properties
No one wants to see their boat drift away and this is one aspect that the mooring analysis can help with. If the mooring is not stable enough, the boat is going to be tied to it. As the wind and waves rock the boat, it may cause enough pressure that the mooring breaks away, causing both the mooring and the boat to drift away.
Another reason for the analysis is to help with a marine accident investigation. If there was any kind of accident involving a boat or other vessel that was tied up at the pier, investigators are going to look at the mooring. If the mooring wasn’t placed properly to begin with, it could be what caused the accident.
A lot of damage avoidance can be put into place with mooring analysis and this is the third reason to get the analysis when putting a mooring in place. Hurricanes can wreak havoc on the land and the sea. If a mooring is only capable of handling a certain amount of wind and wave action, then you need to know this. Some docks or piers will have warnings of when you shouldn’t tie your boat up.
There may be instances where you want to bring your boat onto land. If the mooring has not been analyzed or it is not stable under the current conditions, you have to do what’s right for your boat. You don’t want to lose it to the sea, so you have to secure it in one way or another. If you cannot rely on tying it up in the water, you may have to bring it out of the water entirely. This way you won’t have to worry about problems where it could be washed away.
If you’re dealing with severe weather, you want to make sure you drag the boat or other vessel up the shore enough that waves cannot wash it back down. This will keep your boat safe no matter what kind of weather you are dealing with.
There are all sorts of reasons for scheduling a mooring analysis. Once you have the analysis in hand, you can provide the necessary notifications to boaters. You can also train your employees that work on the dock or pier to help with securing vessels to the mooring.