9.0 STORAGE OF MOORING MATERIALS
9.1.1 GENERAL REQUIREMENTS. Mooring components are usually stored in open
areas near a coastline, thus exposing them to weather and a marine environment.
To prevent deterioration while in storage, some preventive maintenance will be
required in addition to the routine material handling and inventory control tasks
normally performed by a storage facility. The job of handling, maintaining, and
controlling stored components will be made much easier if some basic guidelines, as
noted below, are followed.
The storage area should be large enough to permit efficient movement
of forklifts, cranes, and other large mobile equipment.
Arrangement of components should allow easy access for inspections,
inventory checks, and selection.
To reduce corrosion, all components except cathodic protection materials
should be coated with paint, approved rust preventatives, coal tar, or
other suitable preservatives as detailed in Chapters 5.0,6.0, and 7.0.
A l l components should be tagged or Iabelled to ensure proper
identification and accurate inventory reporting.
Chain accessories such as joining links, swivels, ground rings, and shackles
should be crated or banded together on pallets to permit easy handling.
T h e paragraphs that follow provide additional details and other
considerations for Fleet Mooring Inventory (FMI) storage.
9.1.2 STORAGE AREA REQUIREMENTS. Shore activities requiring spare mooring
materials and those activities designated as stock points for the FM I will require a
suitable storage area. The following should be observed:
The FMI should normally be stored in a secure area designated by activity
personnel responsible for space allocation.