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IJME 342

Paper title:  Standardising the Design and Production of Mooring Winches Through More Cohesive Regulations: A Necessary Step



J Carral, Postgraduate Program, University of A Coruña, Naval and Ocean Eng., Campus de Esteiro s/n, Ferrol, Spain, L Carral, J Fraguela, and  R Villa University of A Coruña, Naval and Ocean Eng., Campus de Esteiro s/n, Ferrol, Spain


Stricter guidelines, hand in hand with continuous technological advances, mean that vessels are safer and more efficient.  At the same time, these changes make ships more complex and expensive.  However, this is not the case with mooring equipment. Regulations vary in content, but have the same objective. They fail to improve the ships’ safety and prices are negatively affected. A vessel’s mooring system has to take into account various sets of regulations, including those of the country under whose flag it is sailing; the classification societies; ship owner associations and the terminal ports.   This paper will analyse the contents of all these regulations in an attempt to find what they have in common. Its next purpose is to propose guidelines with unified contents. The proposal is to harmonise regulations that affect the mooring winch’s operation, design and construction. With standardised regulations, it would be possible to carry out a single design process and one calculation for components.  These steps will be apt for every kind of project. By unifying this process, the final price of manufacturing equipment will be reduced.


Transactions RINA, Vol 157, Part A4, International Journal Maritime Engineering, Oct-Dec 2015 

DOI Number

DOI No: 10.3940/rina.ijme.2015.a4.342

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