The storage area should be on solid ground or on improved surfaces, and
graded for drainage.
The area should be large enough, as well as configured, to allow easy
access of equipment and personnel involved in chain handling and other
The area should be close to maintenance areas, transportation
e q u i p m e n t , and the waterfront to reduce both maintenance and
9.2 STORAGE PROCEDURES
9.2.1 BUOYS. Store buoys as follows:
Place all drum type buoys on chocks or dunnage, with all metal parts
clear of the ground, and tilted (using additional chocks or dunnage
under one side) to facilitate water runoff.
Store peg-top buoys in an inverted position (see Figure 9-l).
Buoys should be periodically inspected to aid in the detection and prevention
If corrosion is found, corrective action should be
of localized corrosion areas.
implemented. Corrosion commonly develops in the web of channel irons securing
wooden fenders, in the hull behind rubber fendering, and on the nuts/studs used to
secure manhole covers, fenders, and chafing strips. Ground or chock contact points
are also susceptible to higher corrosion rates. Any area on the top of the buoy that
could collect water is susceptible to accelerated corrosion.
9.2.2 CHAIN AND CHAIN ACCESSORIES. Chain is normally stored ranged out in
tiers, bailed a single shot at a time on a pallet, loaded in shipping crates, or in
bundles. The ground where the chain is stored should be clear of all debris and