MSL’s vacuum pads have been tested and rated under the supervision of the international classification society Det Norske Veritas (DNV) and when combined with MSL’s innovative, three-dimensional supporting apparatus, the mooring units emulate the range of movement, resilience elasticity of a line mooring.
Today, MSL’s standard vacuum pads can cope with extensive surface irregularities and are able to slide under extreme loads without significant seal deformation or loss of attachment. Because the mooring units hold the vessel closer to the waterline, the system has a greater mooring efficiency than angled ropes.
By using electronics the system permits the user to monitor and clearly communicate all essential mooring load information in real-time, using portable hand-held control devices.
Full control mechanisms and proper load measurement combined with robust communication systems are required to avoid unacceptable risks with the vacuum couple and the overall integrity of the entire mooring system.
Mooring load information is produced from the measurement of vacuum efficiencies and from monitoring athwartships and fore and aft system rams.
With a full knowledge of the mooring conditions at all times, the operator has complete control and understanding of the moored state of the vessel.
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