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The job of a mooring technician is to secure the ships on the quay with cords and ropes, by means of the bollards (high-strength fixed elements) on the quay. When the ship sails, the mooring technicians take action again, but this time for undocking.
At a certain distance before arriving at the port, the ship stops because the pilot has to board, who guides the docking manoeuvre. Once inside the port and after approaching the mooring pier, the ship must manoeuvre to position itself correctly in relation to the mooring pier for the mooring manoeuvre. Finally, the ropes and cords are thrown from the ship and picked up by the mooring technicians who tie them to the bollards, the iron pillars solidly nailed to the dock that allow the ropes to be fixed securely. This manoeuvre is coordinated between the ship's officer, the pilot and the mooring team.
Mooring companies must provide their services with maximum safety and minimum time in order to offer a fast and safe service. The intensity of arrival / departure of the ships also mark the rhythm of work. However, operations are often slow because ships, especially the larger ones, cannot manoeuvre quickly. Mooring is a team work, in which different team skills are combined according to experience (chief of operations, skipper of the mooring support boats, sailor, mooring on the ground, assistant mooring technician).


Carry out maintenance operations involving guide ropes, muzzles, cords and cables, in accordance with maritime practices, to guarantee safety during the docking and undocking of the ship.
Carry out the operations of affirming and releasing the mooring ropes, following the instructions received, in order to dock and/or undock the ship.
Carry out mooring or unmooring manoeuvres applying the criteria of safety at work in accordance with the regulations on the prevention of occupational risks in port operations, in order to avoid damage to the personnel carrying them out. Operate the communication equipment regulating the maritime administrations during manoeuvring operations to establish communications with the ship.
Understand the mooring rigging, formed by the set of heads and ropes used in the mooring of a boat: bow length, bow sleepers, bow spring, stern spring (also known as elbow board), stern sleeper and stern length

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