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Mooring
A dockworker places a mooring line on a bollard.

A vessel is said to be moored when it is fastened to a fixed object such as a pier or quay, or to a floating object such as an anchor buoy.

Mooring is often accomplished using thick ropes called mooring lines or hawsers. The lines are fixed to deck fittings on the vessel at one end, and fittings on the shore, such as bollards, rings, or cleats, on the other end.

Mooring by permanent anchor can be accomplished by use of a permanent anchor at the bottom of a waterway with a rode (a line, cable, or chain) running to a float on the surface. This allows a person on the vessel to connect to the anchor.

An ancient word, mooring has accumulated a number of related uses and terms.

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