DESIGN CRITERIA FOR SINGLE-POINT MOORING TERMINALS

Single-point moorings (SPM) have come to be accepted as a logical choice for offshore berths for large tankers. The type most commonly used is that in which a single-mooring buoy is anchored to the seabed with long catenaries of chain (SBM). Site selection for single-point moorings (SPM) is governed above all by safety of operation of the tanker in maneuvering and mooring. Site conditions and marine environment play a major part in judging this safety. Detailed information is required on bottom conditions, sea levels, currents, winds, waves, and visibility. In the design of a specific single-buoy mooring (SBM) system the main parameter is the mooring load. Determination of this load requires model test, since reliable design formulas are not yet available. SBM can be operated without causing pollution to the surrounding coastline and without detrimental effect on the local marine environment.

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  • Accession Number: 00072436
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ASCE Paper #10931
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 20 1974 12:00AM