Anchor-Loss: Root cause of Many Groundings & Collisions



Loss of anchor is one of the top five reasons for many groundings and collisions and associated claims.

Anchor and chain loss can often lead to collisions and grounding, which can result in additional damage to a vessel.  Adding to the costs of anchor loss, there is an additional increasingly common requirement from port authorities that lost anchors are to be recovered.

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 where the crew 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.”

Watch the complete documentary here

Disclaimer: This video is intended for informational purpose only.  This may not be construed as a news item or advice of any sort.  Please consult the experts in that field for the authenticity of the presentations.

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Ref.: DNV GL, The Swedish Club