Due to its simple design, the SMIT bracket enables quick chain connection and disconnection and has been used for emergency towing.
Due to the convenience of being in the location where mooring activity is concentrated, the SMIT bracket has been wrongly associated with emergency chain disconnection.
To release the chafing chain from the SMIT bracket, an operative must manually drive the securing pin out of the SMIT bracket with a sledgehammer.
This can be unpredictable and potentially unsafe in emergency situations.
Option 3: Powered Offshore Disconnect (PODx)
PODx is composed of two blocks assembled with a reusable release bolt which is activated by a bespoke compact HPU. PODx can be retrofitted using standard shackles and does not require permanent welding on the vessel deck.