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Working group 168 single point yacht moorings, online

  • Webinar
  • 27 November 2020
  • 16:00 - 17:30
Working group 168 single point yacht moorings, online

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  Single point moorings for yachts are the Cinderella of moorings in that, up until now, there has been no general guidance on their design.

This is probably because they are ubiquitous and relatively simple structures that have been around since boats first evolved. However, sometimes single point moorings are located in extremely challenging locations (unlike the idyllic photo) and if a failure does occur then it can have severe consequences.
The realisation that there was a need for PIANC guidance on the subject came from a number of high profile failures of moorings which not only resulted in the destruction of yachts moored on them but also costly legal battles for the owners of the moorings together with reputational damage.
Working Group member Tim Beckett will discuss the failures which lead to the formation of WG 168 and then run through the report's key findings. Tim will also comment on how the group's work progressed and share some ideas on how the process might be improved for future working groups.
Since so many PIANC members are also keen sailors there will, no doubt, be many attendees who have their own experiences with, and views on, single point moorings. There will be time for questions and suggestions for what further work might be done by future working groups to improve this guidance.


Tim Beckett

Director of Beckett Rankine

Tim Beckett is a Director of marine consulting engineers Beckett Rankine and is a member of the PIANC UK committee; he has served as the UK's representative on RecCom for the last ten years. During his work at Beckett Rankine Tim has been responsible for designing a wide range of mooring facilities for recreational vessels. This work includes the design of the deep water visitor moorings at St Helena in the South Atlantic, a challenging project which he will describe in this talk. 

Tim is a keen sailor who has not only kept several of his boats on swing moorings but has also, with a degree of trepidation, placed reliance on many visitor moorings of dubious pedigree during a round the world sailing trip that he undertook long ago, before the days of satnav. With his experience of designing, using and even occasionally laying, single point moorings Tim is ideally qualified to escort us through the story that is Working Group 168.

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United Kingdom

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Elira Alushi

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