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These proceedings contain invited lectures and other written contributions basically as presented by the authors. The articles have been judged and accepted on their scientific quality, and language corrections may have been sacrificed in order to allow dissemination of knowledge to prevail. It is my hope that the editing done has not altered any content or intention of the authors. The Institute dealt both with highly theoretical models and approaches as well as the practical application. Throughout the Institute lectures were followed by discussions often including prepared written contributions. This gave a unique opportunity to share with the other participants one's own experience and work, and to relate one's own activities with corresponding activities elsewhere. Particularly the possibility of combining highly theoretical work with practical experiences and demands was very engaging and promising for the developments to come. Previous developments and research are often of vital importance to the understanding and ability to achieve further developments. This was underlined throughout the Institute. Attention was given to the relation between tendering and mooring and resulting damages and failures, furthermore environmental conditions of importance were discussed. An integrated system approach in designing berthing, mooring and tendering facilities and berth structures was emphasized and this resulted in useful discussions on this topic. To achieve optimum results, a combined effort of theoretical work, physical model tests and field observations should be introduced. The more theoretical part dealt with the environmental conditions, the basic theories involved in calculating fender forces related to ship impact and fender and berth structures, and the forces related to the motion of ships when moored at the berth. Station keeping systems and basic principles in design were also included. Practical application examples of the Institute involved both field and laboratory measurements and analysis as well as practical design work and equipment and prcedures suitable for increasing safety in the berthing process and for the ships when moored at the berth. Developments of fender systems with lower recoilability are in progress and combined fender and mooring action show promising results for future developments .