The Stage 1 full mission simulator based course covers preparations for entry level anchor handling operations, procedures, deployment and recovery of anchors. Particular attention is given to risk-assessment, safety, teamwork and communications. This course is designed to provide training for prospective and existing masters, deck and engineer officers responsible for watch keeping during anchor handling operations. 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.
Participants must have competence in watch-keeping as a deck or engine officer.
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
Equipment, including wires, shackles, links and tools used in anchor handling.
Navigational Equipment for Anchor Handling
Anchor handling vessel layouts, winch configurations and deck equipment.
Winch calculation and capacity
Correct and safe use of Shark jaws (Triplex and Karm Fork)
Anchor types and various mooring systems
Overview of anchor handling operations, from shallow water to deep water, pre-laid and suitcase buoy systems.
Running and retrieving anchors
Vessel capabilities, position keeping and stability requirements
Installation of Subsea / Spring / Mid-line support buoys
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
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
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 give examples of proper and safe ship handling and decision making
Upon completion of the course, the successful students will be able to perform entry level operations in Anchor Handling (AH) vessels in a safe manner.
Participants must have a COC (STCW 2010, Sections A-II/1 & A-II/2), seaman’s book and valid photo ID