Riding chain

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Alternative term: Riser chain

That part of a mooring chain below the tail chain that is always off the sea-bed. Note : The length of chain off the sea-bed is called the riding length.

Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALA Dictionary edition (1970-1989)

International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities - AISM