Environmentally Friendly Moorings
Environmentally Friendly Moorings (EFMs), or eco moorings, are mooring systems designed to have less impact on the sea bed than conventional swing moorings. They aim to minimise interaction with the seabed to prevent abrasion and therefore the potential to damage sensitive habitats. The term Advanced Mooring System (AMS) may also be used, which emphasises the improved measurability of mooring load potential offered by these systems.
There are no current legislative
requirements to use EFMs, although licensing authorities, mooring providers and users
are keen to explore the use of this technology further as a potential tool to
help reduce impacts from boating activities (replacing conventional moorings
and as an alternative to anchoring) on sensitive seabed habitats.
These pages are a collaborative effort, designed to provide a useful resource to explore what EFMs are, the types and manufacturers of them, to give examples of existing trials and projects, to host a variety of reports and study documentation, and to provide a means of collating further information as the EFM landscape evolves.