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Maritime Mooring Lines Training & Certification

Built to STCW standards as put forth by the IMO. Also complies with OSHA and Canada applicable standards.


We Offer Three Types of Mooring Lines Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Mooring Lines certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Maritime Mooring Lines Training Course?

Our Mooring Line Safety training course is OSHA Aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 2 – 2.5 hours.

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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Mooring Lines Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1917.16(a): Cargo storage near mooring lines
  • 29 CFR 1917.16(b):  Grab lines and rails for insufficient stringpiece or apron width
  • ANSI ASTM F1099-18: Rat guards
  • ANSI ISO 15084:2003: Strong points
  • OSH Act of 1970, 5(a)(1)
  • Canada Standards

  • OHSR Part 24: Diving, Fishing and Other Marine Operations
  • Transport Canada: Practices and Procedures for Public Ports

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Mooring Lines Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone using mooring lines must recieve training prior to organizing and using the ropes. Normally, using mooring lines requires an entire ship’s crew. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: an operator must take a refresher course if they are observed operating the equipment in an unsafe manner, if they are involved in an accident or a near miss, if they received a poor evaluation for performance, if they are required to use a different type of machine or attachment, or if workplace conditions have changed. Regulations also state that it is the employer who is responsible for determining the frequency of refresher training.

    Stay Informed On All Things Mooring Lines

    Did You Know?

    Sailors began using the base word of “mooring” in the 1500s, but the system of tying boats dates back before 1,000 B.C.

    According to one study, the most common type of fatality in shipping involves mooring lines, tow ropes, etc. striking workers. 60% of Maritime fatalities are mooring issues.

    50% of deaths in the shipping industry occur among deck ratings.


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is Maritime Mooring?

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    “Mooring” means securing a water vessel to a fixed point on the water: a pier, dock, or buoy.

    What is the difference between mooring and docking?

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    The term “mooring” applies to anytime a ship is stopped and secured, and that includes at a dock, though that stop may be temporary. “Docking” most often refers to mooring for the purpose of unloading or loading cargo or passengers.

    What is a mooring rope called?

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    The generic term for a mooring rope is “line,” but there are many different kinds of mooring lines made from different synthetic, natural, or metallic materials. Each of these materials has benefits and drawbacks, and should be chosen wisely, depending on the use and type of vessel.

    What are the risks of mooring operations?

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    The most common hazards of mooring begins with “snapback.” When a rope breaks, the instant recoil throws the line flying at speeds that can break or sever a limb. Snapback most often happens when ropes are damaged or worn but can also happen when other equipment is misused or malfunctions.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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