WATCH: Runaway Anchor Chain Causes Chaos and Fire A very chaotic situation indeed as this anchor chain control malfunctioned and dropped unconstricted. Most surprisingly, deckhands can be seen scurrying about in the video risking life and limb in the presence of such an unpredictable and violent force as an free falling anchor chain. Luckily the shrapnel produced by the eventual … [Read more...]

There Goes the Anchor Chain – VIDEO

While lowering the anchor from USS Tarawa (LHA-1) in 2001, the ship's anchor, plus 13 shots of chain were lost in a plume of rust and fury of sparks and noise. This incident occurred due to a failure of the windlass brake, which allowed the anchor to flow freely and uncontrolled until the "breakaway link" failed.  This link is the last link of chain and attached to the … [Read more...]

Two Anchors Are Better Than One – A Look at a Ship’s Most Underutilized Tools

The GPS was set on anchor watch, range and bearings were calculated on the radar, and a pair of landmarks around Mobile Bay had been sighted on the gyro repeater. It was my first time anchoring a large drillship, and my precise location was all I knew with complete certainty. Drillships are constructed around generic hull designs. The modern drillship is essentially a … [Read more...]

Rolls-Royce wins large deep water anchor handling equipment contract

Rolls-Royce has been awarded a contract by STX OSV Trading to supply technologically advanced anchor handling systems. The equipment will be installed on three vessels operated by offshore services company Norskan for use in deep water oil and gas fields off the coast of Brazil. The contract is valued at over £50 million (approximately US $81m) and includes the supply of a … [Read more...]

K Line Offshore’s KL Sandefjord: the world’s most powerful anchor handling tug

K Line Offshore's KL Sandefjord just completed sea trials and set the new world record at 430 tons (390 metric) for a bollard pull by an anchor handling vessel on the main propellers. This Wartsila-powered beast was built primarily for ultra-deepwater use by STX NOL of Norway. In line with the industry push for "greener" ship designs, this vessel has a highly efficient … [Read more...]