Mooring operations are among the most dangerous tasks carried out on board ships. Data collected by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) indicates that mooring incidents occur regularly and often result in injury. While there have been various innovations across the maritime industry to reduce the hazards associated with traditional mooring systems, the majority of vessels still rely on mooring arrangements involving ropes and winches. These systems have benefits, as they are flexible and enable berthing at most ports. However, the risks associated with operating traditional mooring systems continue to increase as vessels become larger.
This bulletin uses data to provide an overview of the factors associated with mooring incidents in Australia and provides some guidance to assist in improving safety.
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