Research and analysis
Safety lessons: hazards of weighing anchor in heavy weather
A safety message to the shipping industry highlighting the need for clear guidance on the capability of a ship's anchoring system.
This summary concerns a decision to anchor during strong winds. The selected anchorage was insufficient in providing the appropriate level of shelter to prevent the roll on, roll off (ro-ro) vessel Norcape’s anchoring equipment being subjected to excessive loads. Consequently the port windlass sustained catastrophic damage.
The information has been prepared for members of the:
An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.
Published 20 December 2012