Integrated Mooring Systems: The Way of the Future

Arguably the only bulk-transport vessel that didn't require mooring was Noah's Ark. But it's a different world today. A world where millions of gallons of potentially hazardous cargoes are shipped between the jetties of the world's major cities, often within congested ports. Making these vessel moorings as safe as possible is Harbour & Marine Engineering's chief objective.

Established for over 30 years, this IS0900:2000-accredited Melbourne I (Austral ia)-based com- pany specializes in the design and manufac- ture of jetty mooring , systems and offshore products to the interna- tional oil, gas, and bulk material industries. The products are available separately or as integrated systems, with hardware and software designed in-house, ensuring systems are correctly configured and matched to each project.

Today, the majority of new jetties handling hazardous cargoes are sped- fied with Quick Release Hooks, Capstans and Mooring Load Monitoring as standard.

Optional Remote Release and Docking Aid systems may also be included depending on location, environmental factors and operational pref- erences.

These systems have proven their effectiveness in increasing both vessel and operator safety through monitoring mooring data during vessel berthing and whilst alongside, and making this data available to key personnel.Cove Point LNG Facility Dominion's Cove Point LNG terminal at Chesapeake Bay has seen significant improvement in productivity and safety with the purchase of replacement mooring equipment, which comprises two main LNG berths. HME designed and manufactured two complete mooring systems for these berths. The systems include single, double and triple 75 ton Quick Release Hooks and capstans with remote electric release. All hooks include SmartHook load moni- toring which provides display of real-time loads at each hook unit and on the central mon- itoring PC in the control room. SmartHook Laser Docking Aid systems and Environmental Monitoring have also been incorporated.

Key mooring data can be accessed anywhere on the ship or jetty using hand-held pagers. These display environmental data, hook load alarm status and docking information.

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