Polar cruise ship using magnets for mooring small boats

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The Miko MAM-003S magnets can be placed anywhere on the ship’s hull to create additional mooring points.

The Miko MAM-003S magnets can be placed anywhere on the ship’s hull to create additional mooring points.

The polar cruise ship Silver Cloud is using high-powered magnets made by Norwegian company Miko Marine to help secure excursion boats. The magnets, which have a holding power of about 1,100 pounds, are used to hold inflatable boats and other boats close against the ship.

The MAM-003S is the newest Miko magnet and it’s contained in a stainless-steel housing. It’s fitted with a break lever that lets it release immediately. Boat handling becomes more efficient because there’s no need to pass dock lines.

The Silver Cloud is owned by cruising company Silversea and has two crane-launched Zodiac inflatables that are used for inshore excursions. Each boat has two magnets.

“Our magnets are used extensively offshore for a wide range of tasks that may involve things like fastening anti-pollution booms or holding tools and equipment under water,” Nicolai Michelsen, chief executive of Miko Marine, said in a statement. “Silversea have shown commendable initiative by becoming the first to recognize the potential the magnets have as additional flexible mooring points and for improving safety of operation.”

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