Mooring and anchoring

Correct care and maintenance of mooring and anchoring equipment

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Mooring and anchoring

Arriving at and departing from port is always a demanding time in the course of a voyage, with many pressures on the crew. It must always be remembered that mooring and anchoring are critical operations where short cuts may end badly. Good procedures, planning and practice must be supplemented by the correct care and maintenance of all mooring and anchoring equipment. 


Mooring - no room for loose ends



Loss of anchor and anchor chains are among the root causes of many groundings and collisions. Such claims are in the top five in the hull and machinery category, in terms of average claims cost.

Ship anchoringBased 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."

Anchor loss USBFind out all the information with our Anchor-loss USB with videos, presentation material, case studies and newsletters. Together with DNV GL and Gard, The Swedish Club has issued frequent technical and operational causes, and some steps crews and operators can take to address them. 

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Anchor Awareness, intro video (2 minutes)

Anchor Awareness full video (15 minutes)

More information on the study can also be found here 

Source: DNV GL 


Case Study

A current topic that is of importance is Loss of Anchor. You can find the case in the pdf below.

   Loss of Anchor

Photo: Shutterstock 


Loss Prevention advice - Anchoring in Fujairah

 Read our loss prevention advice on anchoring in Fujairah.


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