KEY ASPECTS OF MOORING PENDANTS (TAILS)
The tails are to be connected to the primary mooring line by cow hitch (see figure below), or by shackle or link (typically Mandel, Tonsburg, or Boss).
Per OCIMF guidelines, it is recommended to retire mooring tails after 18 months of use, or prior to residual strength reduction to 60% of the original minimum break strength (MBS).
The standard recommended overall length for mooring tails is 11 meters (36.1 feet); however, for exposed moorings a 22 meter (72.2 foot) tail provides additional elongation in the mooring arrangement.
MIINIMUM BREAK STRENGTH
Per OCIMF guidelines, polyester and blended mooring tails have a 25% higher MBS, and nylon (or polyamide) mooring tails should have 37% higher MBS than the primary mooring line.
PENDANT (TAIL) CONFIGURATIONS
Standard single-leg pendants have a 2 meter (6.6 foot) soft eye on one end and a 1 meter (3.3 foot) soft eye on the other end.
Standard grommet pendants have 2 meter (6.6 foot) and 1 meter (3.3 foot) soft eyes formed by lashings. The body of the grommet is lashed together 3 meters (9.8 feet) from each eye lashing.
COW HITCH CONNECTION
SAMSON MOORING PENDANTS (TAILS)
HTP-12 Pendant is a round-plaited 12-strand construction of high-tenacity polyester treated with our proprietary Pro-Gard Marine Finish. It has been tested and proven to meet the OCIMF guidelines of 85% strength efficiency for cow-hitch connections. HTP-12 is a safer, more efficient mooring pendant that provides higher residual strength when compared with parallel-core type constructions. Find specifications here>
RP-12 Nylon Pendant is a round-plaited 12-strand construction of nylon treated with our proprietary Pro-Gard Marine Finish. This combination provides reduced wet-strength loss, improved abrasion resistance, and high energy-absorbing properties in single-leg or grommet pendant. This line meets OCIMF guidelines and, in 22 meter (72.2 foot) lengths, provides additional elongation for exposed terminal moorings. Find specifications here>