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Monday, November 18, 2019

Anchor Chain News

Injured Tanker Crewman Medevaced off Texas

An injured crewman was medevaced from a Belgian-flagged tanker in the lightering zone between Freeport and Galveston, Texas on Thursday morning. At approximately 6:35 a.m., the agent of the 1,092-foot tanker Ingrid called U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders and reported that the vessel’s chief engineer broke his leg after getting hit with the anchor chain. The ship's master called shortly after and confirmed the engineer required medical attention. A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter aircrew was launched at 8:10 a.m. to medevac the ailing crew member.

Photo courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Repair Yards Earn More ISO Certifications

A number of Damen Shiprepair & Conversion yards have recently or will soon achieve new ISO certifications as part of an ongoing initiative to standardize operating procedures across the group. Damen Shiprepair Amsterdam (DSAm) and Damen Shiprepair Vlissingen (DSVl) have passed ISO 3834-2 certificate audits. This standard defines rigorous quality procedures for the fusion welding of metallic materials and represents the highest possible accolade in the welding industry. The achievement demonstrates the ability of DSAm and DSVl to undertake the largest refit and conversion projects…

Photo: AKF

Damen Anchor & Chain Factory Demonstrates Welding Expertise

Damen Anchor & Chain Factory (AKF) has shown it remains expert in welding following the renewal of its ISO certification. The certificates; ISO 9001 and ISO 3834 welding procedure show AKF follows stringent quality management systems and has strict procedures in place for its welders and welding procedures. “The ISO 3834 welding procedure is a foundation for Damen Anchor & Chain Factory for its future strategy in meeting the market demands in custom made towing chains and the repair of towing and hoisting equipment,” explained Laurens van Gelder, General Manager of AKF.

The root cause of many groundings and collisions, lost anchors are among the top five reasons for claims costs Photo DNV GL

DNV GL, Gard, The Swedish Club Step in to Cut Anchor Losses

The root cause of many groundings and collisions, lost anchors are among the top five reasons for claims costs. A rising number of anchor losses reported over the last several years prompted DNV GL, Gard and The Swedish Club to investigate this issue. Based on an analysis of damage cases involving anchor and anchor chain losses, the project partners have issued a presentation identifying the most frequent technical and operational causes, and some steps crews and operators can take to address them.

MV Tatoosh. By Comiquaze

Microsoft Mogul's Yacht Destroys Coral Reefs

The anchor chain of 303-foot mega-yacht, the Tatoosh, belonging to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been blamed for destroying a large area of protected coral reef in the Cayman Islands. It destroyed almost 14,000 square foot, or about 80 per cent,  of reef in a protected area in the West Bay area of the Cayman Islands, according to the islands' Department of Environment (DoE). Allen's Seattle-based Vulcan Inc organisation, which manages his fortune, said on Wednesday that…

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USCG Reminds of Anchor Equipment Safety

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) issued a safety alert to remind vessel operators and company technical managers of the importance of proper ship’s anchor use, stowage and maintenance. The USCG stressed that anchor windlass brakes, riding pawls and devil’s claws must be used as designed and periodically maintained to ensure effectiveness and safety. In addition, the USCG said it’s critical that proper supervision and inspection be conducted during and after anchoring, retrieving and storage evolutions and maintenance activities…

 Damen Crane Barge

First Damen Crane Barge to head to Uruguay

Damen Shipyard Group’s new transshipment Crane Barge (CBa) 6324 has got off to a strong start, with an order for the first unit from a client in Uruguay. The barge features the proven Liebherr CBG 350 crane as standard and on this occasion has been outfitted with a unique mooring spread from Vryhof Anchors and Damen Anchor & Chain Factory (AKF). The fast delivery time for the CBa 6324 is the result of the characteristic Damen approach of customising  built-for-stock products to clients’requirements.

Photo courtesy of Fast Ferry Co. HK

Ferry Crew Fatigue the Cause of Hong Kong Accident

A Hong Kong Marine Department (MARDEP) enquiry into damage & passenger injuries caused when a local fast ferry hit the anchor cable of a vessel, found that 5 crew members were making their 15th voyage.of the day. "While the ferry was sailing at a speed of 22.5 knots at the Western Fairway, the coxswain and the assistant coxswain claimed to see a white light of a fishing boat crossing ahead of the ferry from port to starboard. The coxswain then steered the ferry to port for about 30 seconds to avoid collision with the fishing boat.

Piracy & Armed Robbery: Latest ICS Report

The Piracy & Armed Robbery Report section below follows the definition of Piracy as laid down in Article 101 of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and Armed Robbery as laid down in Resolution A.1025 (26) adopted on 2 December 2009 at the 26th Assembly Session of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Around 130nm South of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Armed pirates boarded a container ship underway. They kidnapped four crew members and escaped. No injuries were reported to the remaining crew members who sailed the ship to Senegal. Further details awaiting.

Latest Weekly ICC Piracy Report

Four piracy and armed robbery incidents are noted in the latest ICC-CCS report. None off the Somali coast. Three robbers armed with knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier via the anchor chain. They attacked the duty crew on the forecastle, who managed to escape and raise the alarm. All crew mustered and proceeded forward. Seeing the alert crew the robbers jumped overboard and escaped in their boat. On investigation it was discovered ship’s stores stolen from the forecastle store. Three robbers in a boat approached and boarded an anchored general cargo ship.

Piracy & Armed Robbery: Latest Report

In the past 7-days the following attacks were noted by the International Chamber of Commerce, Commercial Crimes Services. Two robbers armed with long knives boarded an anchored bulk carrier via the anchor chain. Duty crew noticed the robbers and raised the alarm. All crew mustered and rushed to the forecastle. On seeing the crew alertness, the robbers escaped empty handed in their speed boat. About six robbers in a speed boat approached and boarded a barge under two, stole barge properties and escaped.

FPSO Anchor Chain & Riser Integrity System by Tritech RAMS

Tritech offers a 360° real-time anchor-chain & riser integrity system for Floating Production Storage & Offloading Units (FPSOs). A field-proven technology, RAMS™ offers continuous monitoring of the presence, integrity and position of mooring lines and risers 24/7 from proprietary sonar technology deployed beneath the FPSO turret. First launched at Offshore Europe 2011, this unique 360° sonar technology has beam steering capability that allows the system to be configured upon installation.

RINA celebrates ties with China

International certification, verification and ship classification company RINA is celebrating its ties with China on its 150th anniversary. It also took the opportunity to celebrate the ties between Italy and China on the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification. Formed in Genoa, Italy, in 1861 as a ship classification society, RINA is today a global multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural company with growing business in China and the surrounding region. Today in Shanghai RINA CEO Ugo Salerno and Vincenzo De Luca…

Real-Time Anchor & Riser Monitoring System (RAMS) for FPSOs

Tritech has developed a system for the real-time integrity monitoring of mooring lines, umbilicals and risers on Floating Production Storage and Offloading Units (FPSOs). RAMS (Riser and Anchor Monitoring System) is a 360 degree riser and anchor chain monitoring system for FPSOs that is deployed beneath the vessel and monitors the presence, integrity and position of mooring lines and risers 24/7 from a single sonar head. RAMS has been extensively tested and the accuracy of the system has shown to be 100% effective in its current deployment on Teekay’s Petrojarl Foinaven FPSO…

Photo courtesy Titan

Titan Refloats the Monongahela

Leveraging the strength of Titan's 300-metric ton linear hydraulic pullers, Titan safely refloated the Monongahela, a decommissioned tanker ship on the James River in Virginia last week. The salvage team, led by Capt. Guy Wood, executed several test pulls on the tanker before last week's successful refloating to verify the holding power of the anchors being used and to help with the determination of refloating calculations. The three pullers were secured to the Monongahela's flight deck with 1…