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


Services Offered

The Mooring Operations, Engineering and Field Support Group, which includes the Mooring & Rigging Group, offers a wide range of services to the oceanographic community with considerable expertise in mooring fabrication.

Shore-side services include:
  •     Design and 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 112,500 lbs.
  •     Spray painting
  •     Buoy assembly and preparation
  •     Winch repair and maintenance
  •     Acoustic release preparations arranged
  •     Complete shipboard staging service

The Mooring & Rigging Group, 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 diameters of 3/16", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8" & 7/16"
  •     Wire rope termination swages and boots
  •     8-strand plaited nylon in diameters of 3/4", 7/8", 13/16" and 1"
  •     8-strand polyolefin line in diameter of 1"
  •     12-strand polyolefin line in diameters of 3/8" and 5/8"
  •     12-strand single-braid polyester line in diameter of 3/8"
  •     Double-braid with nylon core and polyester cover in diameters of 3/4", 7/8" and 1"
  •     12-strand HMPE fiber line in diameters of 5/16" and 3/4"
  •     Trawler chain in diameter of 1/2"
  •     Mooring chain in diameter of 3/8", 1/2", 5/8" and 3/4"
  •     Hardhats for 17" glass balls
  •     Wooden reels
  •     Cast-iron anchor modules for making up anchors ranging from 233 to 9,300 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"
A sizable inventory is maintained so these materials are readily available.  When provided with adequate notice, the Mooring & Rigging Group is able to respond to most requests in a timely manner without having to wait for delivery of long lead-time items.

The extensive range of experience of Mooring Operations can be a valuable resource to scientists for additional manpower as needed both shore-side and at-sea.



 

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Last updated March 3, 2008
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