Focus: Loss of anchor
The vessel was waiting for its berth to become available and the decision was made to anchor. The weather forecast warned of rough weather the following day.
A pre-anchor briefing was held on the bridge where the number of shackles to be used was discussed and what different tasks the crew had during the anchoring operation. All went well and the crew resumed their normal duties when the vessel was safely moored.
During the night however the weather deteriorated. The OOW noticed that the vessel had begun to move….
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.
In this case the vessel was not allowed to continue its journey until the lost anchor and chain had been replaced.
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(from our publication Claims at a Glance 2019)
By highlighting the risks of anchor-loss we are striving to assist shipowners and crews in their safety work.