The Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport has issued a product warning for potential risk with the use of a mooring rope of non-European origin.
The rope, under the Marina Maxi brand of Axiom Cordages based in Mumbai, India, does not comply with relevant European standards as it could come apart during usage, and the parted rope could hit someone on board, causing injury or even death.
The affected product is a 12-strand mooring rope: UV stabilized high grade, synthetic compound with polyester and polypropylene, white colour (6ft canvas, covered and FIV tucks with compliance to OCIMF standards, eyes spliced at both ends).
This is not to be confused with a now-recalled product warning for a 24-strand mooring rope, comprising 50% polyester and 50% polysteel with a 52mm diameter, a breaking load of 60 tons and a length of 220 metres, without permanent marking. A marine casualty investigation report from Greek authorities clears up confusion over the rope's origins.
Owners and users of Marina Maxi ropes detailed herein should be advised of the risks and take appropriate action.
[This post was updated on 27 February 2020 to reflect an update to European Union records as to the affected mooring rope.]
[This post was updated on 4 March 2020 to include a link to the HBMIC report into an incident involving the affected mooring rope.]
[This post was updated on 5 March 2020 to correct the country of origin and manufacturer of the affected mooring rope.]