Securing of anchor for sea is done after departure from a port for another port. If the anchor is not secured properly it may cause damage to both the bows, structure and accessories due to rolling & pitching. Loss of anchor also may take place if the securing is not done as per the required procedure.
1- Anchor to be well placed inside the hawse pipe.
2-Bow stoppers are to be well placed to insert the pins.
3-Additional wire lashings taken and tightened with bottle screw slips.
4-Spurling pipe covers placed, secured and cemented.
5-Hawse pipe cover placed and secured.
6-Windlass breaks are to be properly tightened.
7- Both windlass to be detached from the gear system.
Covering (securing) of Spurling Pipe: Covering of Spurling is one of the most important work when securing anchor for the sea, after departure from a port. The water tightness of the Spurling, leading to the chain locker from the main deck (upper deck) is to be ensured. Seawater coming on deck during rough weather conditions and heavy rain will enter the chain locker and subsequently to the forepeak store, which may cause flooding in the forepeak area. The responsible officer has to ensure that proper procedure is followed in securing the Spurling pipe, while the anchor is being secured for sea.
1- Placing the Spurling pipe cover and securing
2- Making watertight with the cement
3. Putting additional canvas or plastic sheet around the cable
to reduce the water ingress.
4- Check frequently and ensure that securing is in place.