MVMS Committee Fourth Meeting

multiple vessel mooring system conceptual drawing

MVMS concept drawing

The fourth meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee on the MVMS met April 28th at City Hall. The meeting’s discussion focused on different mooring systems than are presently used in Newport Harbor to secure moorings to the bottom of the bay. As reported earlier, the Ad Hoc Committee intends to propose a system which does not use pilings to secure, or anchor, the floats in place.

Invited representatives from Seaflex and URS, both providers of mooring systems used today in different ports around the country, were on hand to answer questions and discuss their respective systems. In attendance were several NMA Board members, a representative from the Orange County Sheriff’s Harbor Department, and Marshall Duffy Duffield, an early proponent of Duffy Docks, or what are now referred to as floating docks.

Maintenance and Wind Print

Proponents of the helix anchoring system, which would incorporate the Seaflex elastic securing lines, alleged that this system needed little, if any, regular maintenance. Only the metallic fittings on either end of their system would be subject to wear or corrosion. For this system to be employed, engineers would need to conduct a thorough analysis of the loads that could be anticipated on the floats and mooring systems. Data points that they would consider would be size, weight, and wind print of the boats on the floats. It is unknown how visiting or temporarily–assigned boats, with a potentially greater wind print, would be accommodated, if assigned to floating docks.

Water and Power

A representative from the City’s Utilities Department was at the meeting to learn more about the pilot program and to answer questions if possible. Members of the audience offered that what mooring owners would be most appreciative of would be access to water and power for maintenance and wash down. Such access needn’t be limited to the new floating docks, if the city could free up space somewhere in the harbor. However, if the city cannot identify a shoreside location, perhaps fresh water could be made available at one of the floating docks. This information was well received but the city representative had to defer any input regarding power or water until more definitive information was available to him.

Mooring Volunteers Still Needed

Chairman Brad Avery reiterated the need for mooring owner volunteers to step forward allowing the pilot program to be as informative and successful as possible. Previously, at Avery’s request, the NMA put this request on its webpage. The website requested that volunteers interested in being part of the Pilot Program should contact Shannon at the Harbor Resources Dept. What is needed most are moorings adjacent to one another so spacing requirements could be observed. It has been stated by city officials that should a volunteer become disenchanted with the test system on their mooring said system would be removed and the owner’s original mooring restored at no cost to the mooring owner. There was some discussion that the City might reach out to all mooring owners via a direct mailing program in their search for volunteers.