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  Date Time Cost  
On request 09:00 to 17:00 On request Book online


The Stage 2 full mission simulator based course covers both practical & theoretical knowledge of all essential aspects of deep water anchor handling operations. It includes Taut-leg mooring using VLA (Vertical Load Anchors), pre-laid system, setting rig on a pre-set, fishing & grappling and piggy-back anchors. This course complies with the GOMO Guidelines for the Safe Management of Offshore Supply and Rig Move Operations and OLF-NSA 061A Guidelines for Safe Anchor Handling and Towing.


Target Audience

Deck/Engine Officers

Course Prerequisites

Participants who have Completed Stage 1 – Anchor Handling in Shallow Water course or completed 6-months of actual Anchor Handling operations


Theoretical lessons and practical exercises in the full mission anchor handling simulator:

  • Planning and risk assessment of anchor handling operations
  • Characteristics and layout of Anchor Handling Vessels
  • Winch operation, functions and layout
  • Winch calculation and capacity
  • Wire/Chain stoppers karm forks and sharks jaws, use and care of towing pins and jaws
  • Anchor types and various mooring systems
  • Running and retrieving anchors
  • Vessel capabilities, position keeping and stability requirements
  • Receive/Pass back and Connect/Disconnect the PCP/PCC
  • Chasing out and back
  • Breaking loose an anchor
  • Fishing and grappling procedure
  • Extension and transit from/to wire or chain
  • Decking anchors, altering fluke angles and anchor inspections, chain handling.
  • Set up pre-laid system
  • VLA (Vertical Load Anchor) installation
  • Set Rig on a pre-set
  • Pre-lay hookup using J-lock
  • Training communication and teamwork between:
    • Commanding officer and winch operator
    • Bridge and rig
    • Bridge and deck
  • Ship handling, problem solving and decision making
  • Perform anchor handling duties in the simulator
  • Participants will be awarded a Certificate of Training on completion of the course


By planning and carrying out anchor handling operations in the simulator, the participants should, upon completion of the course, ideally demonstrate a thorough knowledge of basic skills in:

  • Planning and risk assessment of anchor handling operations according to procedures and safety
  • Team work and communication
  • Contingency planning
  • As a conning officer, carry out exercises in anchor handling operations
  • As a winch operator, carry out exercises in anchor handling operations
  • Knowledge of and ability to describe anchor system calculations
  • Knowledge of and ability to explain safe use of Triplex shark jaws and Karm forks
  • Knowledge of and ability to describe how to run and retrieve an anchor with PCP/PCC
  • Knowledge of and ability to give examples of proper and safe ship handling and decision making
  • Upon completion of the course, the successful students will be able to carry out Deep water Anchor Handling Operations in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Course participants completing this course will assimilate theoretical knowledge and practical skills to support a wide range of offshore anchor handling operations.

Admission Requirements

Participants must have a COC (STCW 2010, Sections A-II/1 & A-II/2), seaman’s book, valid photo ID


Theoretical and practical assessment


5 days


Maximum 6


This course will be conducted in English

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