Updated mooring equipment guidelines available

Jun 29 2018

OCIMF has released ‘Mooring Equipment Guidelines, Fourth Edition (MEG4)’.

Originally produced in 1992, these guidelines is the industry standard publication for mooring.


Published by Witherby, the fourth edition addresses questions raised since the third edition was issued in 2005.


The technical content has been thoroughly reviewed and updated and written in an easy-to-understand format. The publication contains guidance to enhance the safety of mooring, including a human-centred design approach to mooring arrangements and increased focus on the use and understanding of mooring lines and tails.


MEG4 is the result of a multi-disciplinary working group representing various shipping trade organisations, mooring line manufacturers, equipment suppliers, shipyards and OCIMF members.


OCIMF director, Rob Drysdale, said; “Updating the ‘Mooring Equipment Guidelines’ has been a major undertaking that has resulted in comprehensive changes from the last edition. I believe this new edition will create a step change in mooring safety that will have a direct impact on reducing incidents and injuries. I want to thank our members and the many industry partners involved in the development of this new edition for their hard work and collaboration.”


The publication is supported by a website, which introduces new terminology in MEG4 and addresses frequently asked questions – www.ocimf.org/MEG4.


Key updates include:


·  Updated and expanded guidance for the purchasing, testing, management and retirement of mooring lines and tails.


·  New tools to help operators manage equipment and lines from design to retirement: the line management plan (LMP) and mooring system management plan (MSMP).


·  New chapters on:

o      Human factors.

o      Berth design and fittings.

o      Ship/shore interface.

o      Alternative mooring technology.


In addition, MEG4 contains a new appendix: Guidelines for the purchasing and testing of mooring lines and tails; new terminology to describe the strength of mooring lines and equipment and updated wind and drag coefficients.

MEG4 is priced at £325 and is available from Witherby Publishing Group (www.witherbys.com)


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