Wear and tear can cause moorings to deteriorate very quickly. They can be moved out of position by severe weather and corrosion and abrasion can reduce the condition of the mooring significantly.

Mooring permit holders must –

  • Have the mooring lifted out of the water and inspected at least once in every two years
  • Retain maintenance records for the mooring. MAST may request proof the mooring has been maintained at any time
  • Mooring permit holders must ensure that the mooring device is capable for its intended use
  • Regular checks of the mooring head rope must be made to ensure it is protected from chafe.

Moorings will largely fail due to the lack of regular maintenance by the owner. Generally most mooring breakages are a cause of neglect in the way the vessel is attached to the mooring. In many cases the rope is exposed over a sharp roller or can come into contact with a sharp anchor and gradually cut away at the rope causing breakage. The mooring rope may also be chafing under the mooring buoy and thus regular checks of this should be carried out to ensure the integrity of the mooring is not breached.

Repair and Maintenance of Vessels on Moorings

MAST has restrictions that prohibit large scale maintenance and repair programs for vessels on moorings. Large scale repairs can be consider things such as removal of pilothouses, wheelhouses, decks, motors etc. These repairs are considered something of considerable scale and should be conducted on a hard stand or alongside a wharf or jetty. MAST has concerns that projects such as these are started by owners and never completed, often resulting in the vessel becoming derelict.

If you are planning to undertake a large scale project on a moored vessel please contact MAST, we may be able to issue you with written permission to carry out the works within a specified time frame.