Reflecting on MEG4, one year on

Why MEG4 will continue to be an important topic at this year’s Gastech 2019 event

As summer draws to an end, the thoughts of many of us connected to the oil and gas sector start to turn towards Gastech in Houston, where we gather to discuss the future of the sector. As the manufacturer of Dyneema® – a fiber already helping to change working practices across the industry – DSM will of course be in attendance.

At this year’s event in Houston, conversation will inevitably turn to the new Mooring Equipment Guidelines (MEG4), and where we stand one year on from their introduction. Thanks to our extensive knowledge of fiber technology, rope design, and mooring practices, DSM committed to work closely with the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) to develop MEG4 before its introduction in 2018. But why are guidelines for mooring line design relevant to the oil and gas sector, and how will they help to shape its future?

All of us associated with oil and gas know that the complexity and dynamics the sector is renowned for will only intensify as global gas demand ratchets up. LNG tankers are traveling the cold and warm parts of this globe, growing in size and having to maneuver increasingly crowded ports. In this environment, we all want to ensure that mooring these tankers is done as quickly, safely, and cost-efficiently as possible. 

The introduction of MEG4 last year set a new standard for hardware and mooring line design, mooring dynamics, inspection and discard criteria, as well as providing recommendations on mooring line strength and most importantly – in our opinion – the questions engineers and buyers should be asking their rope supplier. For those operators following the guidelines, the result is a reduction in unexpected mooring line failures, which helps to dramatically reduce risk to mooring personnel and ensure a much more efficient mooring process.

Thanks to the positive effect MEG have had on the industry since their original introduction back in 1992, today, most oil and gas transporters are now specifically requesting lines that are MEG4-compliant.

As the oil and gas sector continues to evolve, the ongoing development of mooring guidelines will play a small but crucial role in keeping the whole industry performing at maximum capacity. Our premium fiber rope partners are dedicated to making durable, strong and safe mooring and towing ropes with Dyneema® SK78 in accordance with MEG4 guidelines. We will continue to work with the sector to enhance mooring in the years to come.

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