Q. Why are you trialling an Advanced Mooring System (AMS) in Falmouth?
A. Falmouth Harbour are keen to learn more about how AMS perform in our waters as the use of AMS over areas of sensitive seabeds such as Seagrass and Maerl could be one way we could work with harbour users to reduce physical impacts from mooring and anchoring on the seabed below. More information on this is available here.
Q. How do AMS work?
A. The AMS we are trialling in Falmouth is a ‘Stirling’ design where floats are used along the length of the mooring chain to lift the chain off the seabed. MOREK have used this basic design to ensure that this mooring has been developed to consider navigational safety, depth of water, boat size and materials that we already use as a harbour authority in our traditional swing moorings.
This design has used the orcaflex modelling software as used in the recent report to model likely performance of AMS within Cornish Harbours. During the time the mooring is in place we hope to monitor the boats movement around a central point and also cleat forces.
Findings of the Trial
Q. How has the trial been funded?
A. The trial is part funded through the TEVI project. The boat used in the trial is an end of life boat left with us. We have now disposed of this vessel.
Q. What will be the outcomes of the project?
A. The outcome of the project is the report linked above. Falmouth Harbour intend to use the lessons learned from this trial to try and further reduce impacts of mooring on sensitive seabeds.