Synthetic Mooring – A Better Choice for Most Applications


Synthetic Mooring – A Better Choice for Most Applications

Synthetic Mooring – A Better Choice for Most Applications

By:Sealite | October 07, 2019

Synthetic Mooring – A Better Choice for Most Applications

Malcolm Nicholson has been involved in the marine industry for over twenty years.

Malcolm represents Sealite at an International level and is presently the Chairman of Working Group 1 (light and vision) in the Engineering Committee (ENG) of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). Malcolm is also an Industrial Committee Representative to the IALA Policy Advisory Panel and a registered IALA World Wide Academy Expert.

As Product Manager – Marine, he manages and develops the extensive range of Sealite Marine Aids to Navigation products.

Traditional Chain vs Synthetic Mooring

Historically, traditional chain has been the go-to option for customers to secure their marine Aids to Navigation products. Over time, two major problems can develop: the longevity of chain in high salinity environments, and the ecological damage chain can cause to the sea bed. This drove Sealite to look to an alternative mooring solution for our customers.

The effect of wear on all kinds of metals submerged in salt water directly impacts marine ecosystems. Corrosion causes heavy metals to enter the water, and the process happens much more quickly in regions with very high salinity. This reduces the life span of the chain, making it a poor choice from both an economic and environmental perspective.

Corporations with a sense of responsibility are striving to make better business choices. Substituting chain with synthetic mooring is the only sustainable solution. It offers customers an extensive list of benefits including:

  • A much longer lifespan than chain.
  • Minimal impact on ecosystems because of its buoyancy and it is manufactured from environmentally friendly materials.
  • It is made from a high strength nylon core, protected by an abrasion resistant rubber coating.
  • The use of stainless steel or galvanised thimble eyelets embedded into the quality rubber casing offering excellent, long-term durability.
  • Significantly less in weight than chain and offers a much smaller footprint. This reduces OH&S risk when lifting, reduces trip hazards and transports more efficiently.
  • Synthetic mooring is more cost effective to deploy with smaller vessel requirements, less demand on lifting equipment, is easier to handle and therefore, speeds up installation.
  • UV stabilised, it is easy to maintain using high pressure cleaning.
  • It can be used in combination with chain to secure buoys of any size.synthetic-mooring-solutions


Sealite offers advice on mooring solutions in line with IALA recommendations. Over fifty different types and sizes of synthetic mooring are available. They are perfect for use in rivers, lakes, estuaries, harbours, bays and oceans. Mooring lines range from 300mm to any length with break strengths from 4 tonne to 100 tonnes.

Further information can be found under synthetic mooring on our website or by contacting your Sealite representative.

What Our Client's Say

On behalf of Karachi Port I am pleased to acknowledge your good service and provision of the new SL-75 solar marine lanterns installed by your firm in the harbour channel at Karachi Port. The new lanterns are very feasible and useful and equipped with the latest navigational technology.

-Captain Muhammad Altaf

[Re: Sealite SL-LED Lightsource at LaCorbiere Lighthouse], We were impressed with Sealite’s solution which provided a modern, reliable and efficient light source whilst remaining sympathetic to the lighthouse’s heritage and significance as a local landmark, but most importantly to improve upon reliability and to continue its vital role in aiding the safety of navigation in Jersey’s waters, as it has done for nearly 130 years.

-Aaron Gavey

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-Golan Haver

As one of your new distributors (Belize and Honduras, Waller Marine Belize LTD), I would like to express my congratulations to you and your people in providing reliable, dependable and inexpensive products. Formerly we were distributors for a Canadian made product but these were found to be too expensive for the market and also offered only difficult and complicated programming. Our first order of lights from you (SL15’s) took only four days to arrive from Aussie Land, when I opened the box they were still flashing. I tested a SL60 (white) for four days (steady on) before it required a recharge…remarkable. I will be placing another order shortly. Keep up the good work.

-Capt Andy Suddes

[Re: Installation of WindTalker for kite-surfing club], The WindTalker™ is a big success here in Cyprus, thanks to your after sales support the unit is now functioning perfectly.

-Christophe Meletiou

We choose to sell Sealite … this is a long story, well we treat Sealite as our own and the relationship we have developed with Jeff and Chris and their attitude and commitment towards growing Sealite to this stage is remarkable. We feel at home when talking to them and the staff of Sealite and this in turn gives us more security and strength in selling products in India.

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[Re: Sealite Solar-Powered LED Area Lighting system], We chose the Sealite system for the Jacobs Well Queuing Pontoon due to our previous experience with Sealite’s product, its durability and construction.

-Peter Taylor

I just wanted to say thank you for the light and bracket Sealite supplied to Birkenhead Marina. As the other lights (old ones) need new batteries I will be replacing them with new lights from Sealite and the same brackets that you supplied with the light we received last week … Your product is excellent and the system of setting the light is good also. Thanks again for all your trouble.

-Philip McGowen