Vessel mooring system
Apparatus for securing a vessel to a submersible mooring buoy Patent #: 5339760
ApplicationNo. 934734 filed on 09/22/1997
US Classes:441/4, Having liquid cargo transfer means114/230.1MOORING DEVICE
ExaminersPrimary: Sotelo, Jesus D.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassB63B 022/02
Foreign Application Priority Data1996-09-20 EP
AbstractA vessel comprising a detachable buoy (3) which is connected to the vessel near keel level. the buoy or the vessel comprise on their contact surfaces an annular sealing element (6) comprising at least one inflatable tube (7,8,9). By placing the inflatable tube on the contact surfaces, the buoy and the vessel can be firmly connected, even when the contact surfaces are not completely flat. A water tight seal is formed by the inflatable tube such that the room in the top part of the buoy can be drained. Hereby a firm connection is achieved and a dry room becomes available for placing structures such as for instance a manifold system.