01 April 2001
MOORING HARDWARE TESTING
SECTION 1. INTRODUCTON
Scope. This Appendix is a guide for the testing of mooring hardware at
waterfront facilities. It is a source of reference for the planning, testing and reporting of
current load capacities of mooring hardware at waterfront facilities in a standard format.
Purpose. This Appendix provides guidance for the planning, testing and
reporting of current mooring hardware load capacities. It should be used as a tool for
assisting personnel tasked with maintaining the readiness of shoreside facilities for use
by the fleet and in support of military marine operations.
The objectives of the Mooring Hardware Report are:
To establish adequacy of mooring facilities
Enable facility users to develop efficient berthing plans
Establish baseline data on existing mooring hardware and berthing
Provide facility users with information sufficient to determine the
level of effort necessary to maintain or upgrade existing capacity,
This handbook covers berthing facilities for mooring and providing support to ships and
craft, as well as dry docks used for modification, inspection, maintenance and repair of
This handbook does not cover fleet moorings (covered in MIL-HDBK-1026/4, Handbook
for Mooring Design) or mechanical capstans.
SECTION 2. PLANNING HARDWARE TESTING PROGRAM
General Description. This section covers the planning required to conduct
the testing of mooring hardware. Critical aspects of planning testing of this nature
include the establishment of a clear scope of work and gathering all available data as
well as understanding the prioritization of berths and fittings.
Scope of Work. Planning the testing of mooring hardware will begin with
the establishment of a scope of work. The scope of work will define the mooring
hardware to be tested and the level of testing to be conducted. The scope of work
should be made following initial findings of the Level 2 Baseline Inspection and Report
(see MO 104.1, Maintenance of Fender Systems and Camels). The scope of work
Hardware to be tested, by established designation.
Type of hardware.
Type of support structure.
Level of testing required.