Training happens from the top down – it is critical to maximizing the benefits of high strength and ease of use.
Also key to successful adoption is education and training. All participants and stakeholders need to understand both the benefits and the requirements of changing to new materials. Biggs points out that, “with proper handling, lines do last longer in service, but crews need to be aware that dragging them across non-skid decks can abrade the rope, and that twist needs to be avoided and corrected. Both degrade the strength of the rope.”
Biggs continues, “training happens from the top down. The captain needs to have confidence in their mooring and towing systems, as do those deploying the ropes. In the first stages of changing to the new systems, questions on whether a 36mm line could actually take the place
of lines so heavy they required a dozen people to move.” With a little experience in use and the strength and ease of handling benefits better understood, these objections were easily overcome. Today, use of high-performance mooring and towing lines and their maintenance are fully included in the Admiralty Manual of Seamanship. This publication is among the world’s most used and referenced documents for learning the proper, accepted practices within the maritime community.
Mainbrace and Samson provide in-person and remote training to crew and other stakeholders. Samson’s educational materials like the Samson Inspection and Retirement Pocket Guide and the accompanying Samson App make learning to inspect your lines a straightforward process. The Samson website offers a full library of written and video materials to get the most from your ropes.