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Old 08-11-2011, 03:19   #1
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One Very, Very, Very Lucky Sailor

Good reason to keep clear of anchor chains under tension

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Old 08-11-2011, 04:13   #2
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Re: One very very very lucky sailor

He made his luck. Did you see how quickly he scooted out of the way of the whiplash?
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Should see wire hawser when it goes....
seen it take a mans leg off below the knee clean as a whistle....
when it starts to 'sing'.... RUN>>>>>
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Re: One very very very lucky sailor

We got a copy of the incident report on this, it would not have been a problem if the twits upstairs had lowered the forks before trying to retrieve the chain into the locker....

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We got a copy of the incident report on this, it would not have been a problem if the twits upstairs had lowered the forks before trying to retrieve the chain into the locker....

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Got a link to the rerort, I've been trying to find out what happened, and the video was not clear, my first thought was they were recovering a broken chain with an anchior on the end which then jammed under the roller, but, if they were pulling against the fork, then someone needs to be taken outside and shot
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Re: One very very very lucky sailor

I once saw a 6" Samson braid towing hawser let go while we were towing a freighter in ice. Very impressive the amount of energy that was released.
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Scary stuff! And it reminded me of this:

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Re: One very very very lucky sailor

Moral of the story: Stay the hell away from anything that's being tensioned.

Once or twice a year, someone forgets to untie the mooring lines on our local car ferry before the thousand-ton boat engages her engines. They're louder then cannon fire when they go.
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Re: One very very very lucky sailor

That's one hell of a way to knock the rust off the anchor chain. In a previous life we were tasked with towing a Danish frigate that had grounded due to the loss of her main feed pump. The towing hawser went from 6 in. dia. to 3 in under strain like an elastic band.
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Got a link to the report....
Sorry no link, it was just a hard copy (photocopy & CD) that came in the mail bag...

From what i remember of the report the anchor was recovered to deck and disconnected, work wire was then connected to anchor chain so they could pull enough chain onboard to go around the gypsy into the locker...

Once the excess chain had been fed around the gypsy into the locker they started retrieving the chain again, this is where the brain fart occurs...

I can't remember if they were recovering pre-lays or removing insert wires, but as you would know the initial process is similar...

Edit: I wonder what the load meter on the bridge was reading......
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Sorry no link, it was just a hard copy (photocopy & CD) that came in the mail bag...


Edit: I wonder what the load meter on the bridge was reading......

Or, if anyone was looking at it.
You can do some serious damage using the wildcats as they can pull far more than the wire drums are rated at.
I'll keep looking for the report, any idera when this took placeP?
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..any idea when this took place?
Unfortunately no, in line with the company i work for's no blame policy, the who/why/where and when is always left out, they just want us to focus on the incident and not who's to blame....

A different task, but what do you think of this madness....

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Re: One Very, Very, Very Lucky Sailor

While we can enjoy internet at sea, my employers have blocked all video content to reduce bandwidth and costs, have to wait 4 more weeks until I get home to see this one.
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Scary stuff. Could have been really, really (really) ugly.
On the good side, though, at least, we MAY think this kind of thing happens A LOT less than it used to.
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