Moorings Northland Environmental Policy

Moorings Northland Environmental Policy – Waste Management

Moorings Northland operates in a sensitive coastal marine environment. This environment is under increasing pressure from a range of recreational and commercial pressures.

As a small business operating in this environment, Moorings Northland conducts all its activities in accordance with our environmental policy-waste management with the intension to mitigate our impact on the sea and coast.

Policy Statement
Moorings Northland and its agents will comply with:-

• MARPOL convention international Pollution Regulations
• Regional Council oil spill and other pollution control regulations and by laws
• MSA pollution regulations and guidelines
• All other New Zealand Government policies relating to sustainable environmental management

What this means in practical terms is Moorings Northland conducts all its activities and operations to an ‘environmental code of practice- waste management’ which defines how we manage:-

• mooring chain – used
• mooring block components – steel (cast or mild steel)
• mooring strops, head ropes, buoy line or similar products – used or damaged
• mooring buoys – damaged or replaced
• mooring block components – other materials (usually cement)
• waste oils, paints and other chemicals
• domestic rubbish
• Office waste

Environmental cost of doing business – Waste Management

Compliance costs to meet our environmental code are in the order of $15,000 per annum. This figure is derived from handling and labour, fuel and transport costs, storage costs, and land fill disposal costs. Moorings Northland proudly stands by it commitment to meet theses costs and environmental obligations.

Code of practice – waste management

Historically most marine mooring contractors disposed of all old or unusable mooring components directly into the sea because this was seen as the quickest, cheapest and easiest way to dispose of waste materials.

These historical practices are environmentally unsustainable. To that end Moorings Northland manages the following waste as specified :-

All ferrous components including old chain, shackles, links, swivels, and mooring block will be removed from a mooring and transported to port. Once in port the material will be stored on land until it can be delivered to a recycle depot for recycling and reuse.

All rope material including old or replacement mooring strops, head ropes, buoy lines and similar products will be removed from a mooring and transported to port. Once in port the old material will be sorted. Any usable strops may be reused by our dive team to mark and recover sunken moorings. The remainder will be disposed through normal land fill disposal.

All unusable mooring block material will be removed from the immediate mooring ground via the barge and disposed or stored in the following two ways.

1. Taken to port and transported to an authorised refuse site; or
2. Stored in an approved NRC storage zone as identified by NRC.

All other waste including damaged buoys, waste oils, domestic rubbish will be recycled (preferred option) or disposed in an approved refuge site.

Moorings Northland Standards

Our Standards
There are a range of standards and components use throughout NZ in the mooring service industry. Moorings Northland balances quality and value and that means you are paying a reasonable price for the best possible workmanship, engineering design and highest industry standard components. This ensures your asset will last longer, be more economical to maintain in the longer term and above all, you can sleep soundly on a stormy night knowing your mooring is one of the best serviced moorings in New Zealand.

Our Mooring barge ‘Lifter’
Our purpose built 12m barge is designed to service existing and lay new moorings to the highest degree of accuracy and efficiency currently available. The barge is operated by Shane and Norm who have combined shipping, engineering and marine industry experience.

The components we use:

• Mooring Blocks – Moorings Northland have designed and use new two and four ton mooring blocks with twin eyes. These blocks are designed to last significantly longer than single eye blocks.
• Bottom Chain – we only use 38mm stud link chain (approximately 15 – 20 years life). Each link weighs approx 5kg.
• Top chain – tested and ‘certified’ top chain 20 or 16mm (lesser grades or cheap uncertified chain is not recommended as it can be unsafe to service, prone to excessive and uneven wear or even failure due to poor metal composition).
• Swivels –the best industry swivels available – (there are inferior grade swivels with inherent design faults which are known to fail in marine applications.
• Shackles – are made of compatible self coloring mild steel. They are on average 6mm in diameter larger than our rated chain. Thus have greater wear capacity than the chain.
• Head rope or strop – three lay marine approved polyester or nylon rope appropriately sized to suit either a two or four ton mooring.
• Thimbles – galvanized thick walled. All sized to offer maximum protection to your strop/head rope.
• Anti chafe – thick walled long life UV stabilized amalgamated rubber plastic specifically sized to fit your strop/head rope.
• Floats – foam filled buoys with inherent buoyancy if damaged. We also offer a range of other float systems of reputable and proven quality.
Our Workmanship
• Welding – all shackles are fully welded around the circumference of each shackle pin. Our electrodes are ‘test certified’ and designed to minimize differential corrosion. The actual weld type is a deep penetration convex fillet DC weld.
• Splicing – our splicing is of the highest quality. The length and number of ‘tucks’ comply with international maritime standards. Loose ends are heat treated and secured with cable ties.
• Cutting – to prevent steel filings damaging you boat during servicing operations, all metal components are cut with oxyacetylene cutting equipment. (We don’t use angle grinders).
• Tying alongside your boat – The barge “Lifter” is very maneuverable and fitted with large yellow full length fenders. As a result we can service you mooring with your boat still attached. We also remove our boots before stepping onto you boat.
• Assessment – vernier calipers are used to objectively assess the thickness of your chain and mooring block eye. Similarly we give you a percentage wear report on your swivel pin, collar, eye and bow.
Our services
Servicing, Upgrading, New installations, Engineering and design advice. Mooring condition report, Dive recovery service, Buying, Selling and Renting, Support on resource consents including appeal processes. We also have the most accurate and up to date mooring information data base for Northland.

Did you know?
Over a three year period including Council fees and servicing a mooring costs $1.00 per day to maintain!