Thanks to the exceptional strength-to-weight ratio of mooring lines made with Dyneema® fiber, the average docking time for the COSPEARL LAKE has been a mere 70 minutes – much less than the average four hours that would have been required had steel wire rope been used. The lines have also saved a huge number of docking hours over the last ten years, helping COSCO achieve much faster docking operations. Faster docking also means more profitable operations thanks to a reduction turnaround time. Handling heavy, greasy steel lines is much more time consuming for crew and involved much more preparation time before mooring. Using lines made with Dyneema® simplifies this process – allowing crew to simply pull them out from the winch and start docking straight away.
Keeping crew safe
As well as freeing up valuable time – allowing the COSPEARL LAKE more time on the high seas than stuck in port – the lightweight mooring lines made with Dyneema® fiber are safer to use for the various ship and port personnel involved in mooring.
With the COSPEARL LAKE plying seaways and oil loading terminals in the Middle East, efficiency is important for crew health. “Working in extreme weather conditions with heavy and cumbersome mooring lines can be challenging for even the most experienced crew, making fast and efficient docking absolutely essential,” says Jorn Boesten, segment manager maritime for DSM.
And because they are lightweight, soft and flexible, mooring lines made with
Dyneema® fiber are very safe for crew to handle. To date, there has not been a single case of hand, wrist or back injury due to handling new mooring lines on the COSPEARL LAKE.