Environmentally Friendly Buoy Mooring System Deployment
COAST GUARD NEW LONDON CT NEW LONDON United States
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The USCG Research and Development Center RDC is conducting the Environmentally Friendly Buoy Mooring System project to evaluate if alternative mooring system technologies have the potential to minimize impact on the sea bottom. The RDC acquired buoy mooring systems from four vendors for evaluation -Supflex Pontoon Mooring Systems, Inc. Superflex SB18020- Sealite USA LLC - Synthetic Mooring Solutions - American Underwater Contractors Inc. AUC StormSoft Elastic Mooring- Hazelett Marine - Conservation Elastic Mooring System The RDC also acquired helix anchor systems from AUC and Hubbell Power Systems. This report provides the results of the deployment of the buoy mooring systems and anchors. In actuality, because of component discrepancies, the project deployed the following systemcombinations on buoys marking the main ship channel into Tampa Bay - Superflex SB18020 to concrete sinker - Hazelett Marine to concrete sinker - Two StormSoft to concrete sinkers- StormSoft to AUC helix anchor The report also provides the results of the initial inspection of the buoy mooring systems post-deployment. The results are the baseline to compare subsequent quarterly inspection results systems during 2018 and 2019 to assess mooring system condition and ability to safely keep the buoys moored for another quarter.
- Marine Engineering