Anchor Handling Safety

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This course is designed to provide training for prospective and existing deck and engineer officers responsible for watch keeping during anchor handling and towing operations on board vessels engaged in anchor handling operations.


Deck Cadets and Trainee Engineers entering the offshore sector, and certificated deck and engineer officers new to the offshore sector. The course is most suited to those with no or little experience in offshore operations.

Course Content

  • Equipment, including wires, shackles, links and tools used in anchor handling.
  • Anchor handling vessel layouts, winch configurations and deck equipment.
  • Overview of anchor handling operations, from shallow water to deep water, prelays and suitcase buoy systems.
  • Decking anchors, altering fluke angles and anchor inspections, chain handling.
  • Towing rigs, barges, and towline configurations.
  • Wire stoppers/sharks jaws, use and care of towing pins and jaws.
  • Vessel capabilities, position keeping and stability requirements.
  • Winch operation.
  • Offshore specific regulation – AMSA.
  • Risk assessment processes and risk management tools.
  • Perform anchor handling and towing duties in the simulator.
  • Conduct after action peer review of simulation cases/feedback.

Course Pre-requisites

Participants to hold, or be undertaking training towards, a minimum of Deck Watchkeeper or Engineer Watchkeeper certificate. Participants may benefit from having some previous offshore experience. Other industry personnel on a case-by-case basis.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Requirements

This course requires the ability to read and interpret typical product specifications, job sheets, procedures, and safety information as provided to operators. Writing is required to the level of completing workplace forms. Numeracy is required to calculate loads and weights. The course is delivered in English.

Assessment & Competency Achievement

There is no formal assessment carried out at the completion of the course. 100% attendance and participation in the course is required. Participants will be awarded a Certificate of Training on completion of the course.

Course Duration

4 days.

  • Day 1 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Day 2 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Day 3 - 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Day 4 - 8:30am to 3:00pm

Course Availability

To check for upcoming course dates, course availability and to enrol on this course, please go
to our Training Management Portal.

Number of Participants

Minimum 4 participants

Maximum 8 participants

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course participants are required to agree with the Term and Conditions of enrolment. These terms and conditions are available at or on request from Farstad Shipping Offshore Simulation Centre staff.