REGIONAL HEAVY WEATHER MOORING NEEDS
Each region where ships may be unable to sortie to sea has unique heavy
weather mooring facility requirements. Some examples are discussed
HAMPTON ROADS, VA:
COMNAVBASENORVAINST states that no site in the Hampton Roads
region is appropriate as a safe haven during heavy weather. However,
at any given time approximately 10% of the homeported ships will be
unable to sortie to sea prior to a forecasted hurricane. These vessels
are often under repair and thus require heavy weather moorings.
In Ingleside, Texas, none of the homeported mine sweepers are fast
enough to outrun a hurricane. Therefore, 100% of these vessels
require heavy weather moorings. Other vessels such as service craft
and inactive ships may also be unable to sortie to sea.
After consulting representatives from each region, we developed proposed
regional heavy weather mooring facility requirements. This proposal is
provided in Table 4 for the Atlantic Fleet and Table 5 for the Pacific Fleet.
Each Regional Commander should validate this proposal for their region.
NFESC TR-6012-OCN Rev B
U.S. NAVY HEAVY WEATHER
MOORING SAFETY REQUIREMENTS