Although preventive maintenance is not a new concept when dealing with mooring systems, experience shows that the implementation is not always successful. As important as new technologies are in improving mooring integrity, it is equally important to ensure that well-established best practices remain in place. As the industry approaches a period where extending service life of floating structures is desirable, but the existing mooring system has reached the twilight of its service life, the need for properly maintaining the mooring system is more acute. With time on their side, the prudent operator can implement small regular steps to extend mooring system service life. This paper presents methodologies to maximize design life by highlighting design and operational best practices, maintenance and monitoring, and identifying common reasons why these best practices are not implemented.

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