A critical review of literature on the mooring forces on the berthed ship together with the passing vessel effects indicates limited data, thus requiring additional studies. Four methods have been found in the literature namely (a) Seelig's, (b) Flory's, (c) Kreibel's, and (d) Modified Seelig's methods. A comprehensive review and comparison of existing methods has been carried out to verify the applicability of each method to certain conditions and also to establish the parameters for study. It has been found that displacement of the vessels, separation distance between the vessels and velocity of the passing vessel greatly influence the passing vessel forces on moored ship. The software OPTIMOOR has been used to verify Flory's and Seelig's methods with the experimental data of Remery and also to study the combined effect of environmental loads and passing vessel effects on mooring lines. The results indicate that the interaction of waves and passing vessel effects are too onerous. Conclusions have been arrived based on the results that for separation distance of 100 m or less between vessels has a greater influence on mooring line forces, leading to breakage of lines. © Copyright 2017 ASME.