Loss of anchor and anchor chains are among the root causes of many groundings and collisions. Such claims are in the top five in H&M, in terms of average claims cost.
Based on an analysis of casualties involving anchor and anchor chain losses, the project partners have issued a report identifying the most frequent technical and operational causes, and some steps crews and operators can take to address them.
"One of the key takeaways of our investigation is the importance of the officers and crew being aware of the environmental loads their equipment is designed for, " says Håkon Skaret, Senior Principal Engineer at DNV GL. "If these limits are not taken account of in shipboard anchoring procedures, there can be significant damage to the vessel - even beyond the loss of anchor and chain. Many anchor losses are avoidable if the proper maintenance and handling procedures are adhered to."
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