Falmouth Harbours Eco-mooring trial begins

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Environment

August 10th

Falmouth Harbour has begun boat trials on a unique eco-mooring system designed to protect sensitive areas of seabed from the scouring caused by traditional mooring chains.

The Advanced Mooring System (AMS) in place off Flushing Beach has been designed by naval architect & engineering firm MOREK, working with Falmouth Harbour’s marine operations team, with floats along the length of the mooring chain to lift it off the seabed.

Falmouth Harbour (FH) are now monitoring how a yacht attached to the AMS sits in the water – in all weathers and tides – to gauge how safe and practical the system is for wider use in a commercial and leisure harbour environment.

Environment Manager Vicki Spooner says, “We’ve put the trial AMS within one of the scour patches left by a traditional chain mooring – one of 11 removed by us in 2021 to allow the seagrass bed below to recover. More information is available here https://www.falmouthharbour.co.uk/environment/seagrass-regeneration/

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