ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

Anchor Handling Within Offshore Fields

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About the course

Anchor Handling is one of the most demanding and inherently dangerous tasks performed in the Marine service industry. Long hours, bad weather, wet and muddy decks, hand and finger pinch hazards and proximity to heavy buoys and wires under strain are some of the risk factors that must be taken into consideration whenever handling anchors. Anchor handling requires special equipment and skills, not only in performance of the anchor handling operations, but also in preparing the projects.

In this course it will emphasize the importance of good preparation for anchor handling, detailed knowledge of the job, continuous risk assessment and a methodical execution of each phase of the operations. The course gives an overview of the necessary skills, technology and requirements that play an important role in Anchor Handling operations, the procedures and connections.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Establish the best operational practices and methodical approach to the development of Anchor Handling
  • Demonstrate positioning and station keeping
  • Monitor stability during anchor handling (the interaction between the towline force, direction of the force, connection point and propulsion power)
  • Accurately specific control of the loads on winch, stoppers, deck
  • Understand environmental conditions and restrictions and learn how to determine the environmental restrictions
  • Improve and understand safety and equipment handling
  • Learn skills on deck and awareness (on the hazards) emergency and precaution measures
  • Apply hydrographic and nautical equipment for heading control and water depth key issues for anchor handling

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Introduction into ocean towing and anchor handling
  • Anchor Theory and Practice
  • Communications
  • Set Up
  • Oil Industry Anchors (Anchor types and behavior)
  • Anchor line
  • Anchor rigging

Day 2

  • Chasers
  • Anchor patterns
  • Basic planning steps
  • Mooring plan
  • Case studies (anchors handling set ups)

Day 3

  • Running Anchors
  • Positioning Systems
  • The Rig Move (Rig move procedures)
  • Recovery
  • Deployment
  • Deep draught
  • Pennant wires and buoys
  • Variations
  • Anchor work
  • Case studies (anchor handling difficulties & troubleshooting).

Day 4

  • Specialized Anchor Work
  • Deep water operations
  • Tandem / Joint towing operations
  • Towing
  • Jack-up rigs

Day 5

  • Mooring problems
  • Piggy back systems
  • Fishing and grappling
  • Piggy back anchor work
  • Fishing operations
  • Case studies (Specialized anchor work)

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course is intended for Field managers and Superintendents, Marine Operations managers, Marine Superintendents and Supervisors, Marine engineers, Marine officers, HSE Management and Emergency staff response team and medics. It will be helpful also for oil and gas operators, vessel owners and shipbuilders who are involved in anchor handling.

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