A Little Anchor Job
Sometimes this job is good and this was one of them
Anchor job Scott Reef ...Broome Western Australia
Just completed a nice little anchor retrieval job up at Scott's Reef.
This one was unusual as the* location was a pristine coral reef area and the weather was just about perfect.
The anchor was only a small one , 5 tonne plus chain, cantenary wire and buoy.
Took us 2 days to steam up there from Dampier, down between the 2* reefs on arrival morning, very little tide, approach buoy go into DP mode and back up to buoy.
The lads threw a buoy catcher over the buoy and then we hauled this onto the deck. We then attached the wire from the anchor handling winch and hauled the wire up until we could drop the anchor chain into the shark jaws. This held the anchor and chain until we attached the tow winch wire to the anchor which was at the stern roller and hauled it on board whilst the 2 small tugger winches pulled and flaked the extra chain.
A lovely way to spend a few hours on a Sat morning.
The skipper on the DP , me on the winch controls and the boys on deck, warm and sunny (bloody hot)
Job done by 1130 hrs and steaming home.
Mermaid Vantage a nice little AHTS (Anchor Handling Tug and Supply )
60 mts* and 1400 Tonnes DW
2 3516B CATs* mains (1920 KW each 2570 HP)
3 CAT C 18 gen sets (383 KW each 510 hp)
Bollard pull 66 Tonne
2 winches, Anchor Handling winch and Tow winch waterfall mounted
150 Tonne line pull each and 200 Tonne on the brake
each winch holds 1000 mts of 56 mm wire
We burn* 10.9 Tonne of MGO a day and carry 450 Tonne