9 Jan 2020

Windlass repairs at Khorfakkan anchorage

In focus: ✔Ship repair✔Аnchor recovery ✔Docking ✔Dredging equipment update✔Albwardy Damen Khorfakkan


The deep anchorages of Fujairah and Khorfakkan are very testing for ships anchorwinches and our Fujairah wortkshop has a huge experience in fixing them big or small. Last October we received a call about Windlass repairs at Khorfakkan anchorage.

The Aframax tanker vessel Aventine was anchored at Khorfakkan anchorage. Upon cargo loading order confirmation, vessel tried to heave up the port anchor but could not succeed. It was very difficult situation for vessel owners. Vessel decided to cut and drop the anchor and chain and then to connect back during her next arrival.

To ensure the readiness of other side (stbd side) of windlass operation, vessel crew checked and found it unsuitable as well. In this scenario, vessel had to cancel the cargo loading order and decided to go for repairs of both windlasses.

Vessel owners contacted Albwardy Damen to check the possibility of repairs at anchorage. We immediately mobilized our team with tools, equipment and lifting frames. We first attended Stbd side windlass. Completely dismantled, brought all damaged parts ( including shaft) to our workshop. Onshore repairs carried out in parallel at Fujairah and Dubai workshops.

After completion of onshore repairs, all items and team sent back onboard and assembled Stbd windlass. Trials carried out and found satisfactory. After satisfactory completion, commenced Port side windlass repairs. All the defective parts then brought onshore and carried out necessary repairs.

On completion of onshore repairs, team with all repaired parts sent back onboard and assembled back. Anchor chain lifted up and then several trials carried out and found upto the mark. Soon after successful trials, vessel left anchorage and headed for loading port. Client was very happy the way repairs were performed.