Control of mooring systems
After setting out the mooring system, it is important to do necessary checks to avoid breakages. Insurance companies will normally require some type of checking of the mooring system. There may also be national standards to prevent breakage and possible escape of fish. For instance the following may be used:
· The supplier’s specification must be used to set out the cage Parts in the mooring system above the surface must be checked daily
· The whole mooring system including under water installations must be checked every year.
Some time after the mooring system was first set out, a more comprehensive and systematic check should be carried out, for instance every 4 years. This includes load tests on important and heavily loaded parts. Components exposed to hard wear should be replaced, such as mooring ropes, chain, wire, fixing points and eventually links.
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