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View of the horizontal tensile machine in Mooring Operations facility (Mark Lambton)


Services Offered

The Mooring Lab offers a wide range of services to the oceanographic community with considerable expertise in mooring fabrication.

Services include:
  •     Construction of subsurface and surface moorings
  •     Complete swaging services for 3 x 19 wire ropes
  •     Splicing of all types of synthetic ropes
  •     Proof testing up to 150,000 lbs.
  •     Break testing up to 150,000 lbs.
  •     Spray painting
  •     Buoy assembly and preparation
  •     Winch repair and maintenance

The Mooring Lab, in conjunction with the WHOI stockroom, maintains an extensive inventory of materials that can be used for fabricating moorings, as well as other oceanographic applications.  These materials include:

  •     Jacketed wire rope in 3/16", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8" & 7/16" diameters
  •     Wire rope termination swages and strain relief boots
  •     8-strand plaited nylon in 3/4", 7/8" and 1" diameters
  •     8-strand polyolefin line in 1" diameter
  •     12-strand polyolefin line in 3/8" and 5/8" diameters
  •     12-strand single-braid polyester line in 3/8" diameter
  •     Double-braid with nylon core and polyester cover in 3/4", 7/8" and 1" diameters
  •     12-strand HMPE fiber line in 5/16" and 3/4" diameters
  •     Trawler chain in 1/2" diameter
  •     Mooring chain in 3/8", 1/2" and 3/4" diameters
  •     Hardhats for 17" glass balls
  •     Wooden reels
  •     Cast-iron anchor modules for making up anchors ranging from 233 to 10,500 lbs.
  •     Safety anchor shackles in sizes of 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 7/8" and 1"
  •     Safety chain shackles in sizes of 1/2", 5/8" 3/4", 7/8" and 1"
  •     Weldless sling links in sizes of 1/2", 5/8", 3/4" and 7/8"
  •     Weldless end links in sizes of 7/8" and 1"
  •     Weldless master links in sizes of 1" and 1-1/4"
  •     Swivels, 3-ton and 5-ton capacity
A sizable inventory is maintained so these materials are readily available.  When provided with adequate notice, the Mooring Lab is able to respond to most requests in a timely manner without having to wait for delivery of long lead-time items.

 

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Last updated October 11, 2016
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