The maritime industry has always been concerned with safety. Developing mooring systems that are adequate for intended service, with maximum integration of guidelines across a wide range of ship styles and sizes is therefore essential. Although multiple guidelines exist, none are as extensive or well-received as the Mooring Equipment Guidelines (MEG) published by the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF). Find out more about MEG4 and DSM’s involvement with it below.
The MEG4 give insights into the safe use of mooring lines and tails, placing more emphasis on selecting the right line with the right construction (the Select phase) and monitoring its conditions in use and discarding after use (the Operate phase).
Other key chapters and changes that have been incorporated into the MEG4 include:
Enhanced guidance for purchasing, condition monitoring, and retirement of mooring lines and tails
Enhanced guidance on documentation of mooring equipment
New chapter on the Human Factors in Mooring Design
New chapter on Jetty Design and Fitting
New chapter on Ship Shore Interface
New chapter on Alternative Technologies
We can sum up that the updated guidelines MEG4, released by the OCIMF provide more insights on hardware designs, mooring dynamics, mooring line design, inspection and discard criteria, as well as recommendations on mooring line strength and questions buyers should ask mooring line manufacturers.