Full-scale polyester ropes were tested to determine the impact of damage on the strength of polyester rope used as mooring lines for deepwater structures. The ultimate goal of this project – to provide information on the residual strength of damaged polyester rope for the industry and MMS to use in developing guidelines for mitigating damaged polyester rope mooring lines – has been accomplished.
The report is organized as follows. The body of the report provides an overall description of the project, summarizes interpretations of the tests, and presents conclusions and recommendations. More detailed information on the tests and interpretations are provided in the Appendices.