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    Default Red Funnel loses anchor on approach to Cowes

    The Red Eagle was seen to stop just before the breakwater in Cowes, making a loud repetitive clanking sound. The initial speculation was some machinery fault, but Red Funnel has now announced that it lost an anchor. There is a good video on the Island Echo.

    Apparently back in service now, minus an anchor.

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    Default Re: Red Funnel loses anchor on approach to Cowes

    Someone forgot to tie a bit of string to the bitter end.

    Richard

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    Default Re: Red Funnel loses anchor on approach to Cowes

    If she lost the anchor, and is allowed ( by who? Lloyds surveyors, MCA?) to maintain a service without it, she doesn't
    officially need it, so there is no point in carrying it.
    "Now shall the gentleman haul and draw with the mariner"
    John Hawkins

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    Default Re: Red Funnel loses anchor on approach to Cowes

    Quote Originally Posted by Ohlin Karcher View Post
    If she lost the anchor, and is allowed ( by who? Lloyds surveyors, MCA?) to maintain a service without it, she doesn't
    officially need it, so there is no point in carrying it.
    Up to a point, Lord Copper. Whether the decision is made by the MCA or by LR will depend on exactly which «*deal*» she is on with the MCA. She can be given a dispensation to sail without one anchor in specified weather conditions on a specific route for a defined period.

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    Default Re: Red Funnel loses anchor on approach to Cowes

    The company I worked for carried anchors but none of them was ever ready to deploy. I always thought that was strange as the only time we'd need them was an in an emergency.

    One boat it even had to be assembled, it took me and another experienced captain to figure it out after two others gave up. It still took two attempts to get it right!

    W.
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    Default Re: Red Funnel loses anchor on approach to Cowes

    The article suggests that she has two anchors. Perhaps she only needs one to comply with regs?

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    Default Re: Red Funnel loses anchor on approach to Cowes

    Quote Originally Posted by PhillM View Post
    The article suggests that she has two anchors. Perhaps she only needs one to comply with regs?
    Yes. In the days of my youth, ships had to carry a spare, and be able to shackle it on (not so easy if it weighs fifteen tons and your ship has no cranes) but, perhaps for that very reason, the rules were relaxed, and you can get a dispensation to sail with just one as long as the owners are organising the replacement of the one that you have mislaid

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    Default Re: Red Funnel loses anchor on approach to Cowes

    Quote Originally Posted by PhillM View Post
    The article suggests that she has two anchors. Perhaps she only needs one to comply with regs?
    Lots of MAIB reports and suchlike finish by saying that the ship was given dispensation to continue in service until the broken/burned-out/missing whatever was replaced. Doesn't mean the thing in question wasn't required in the first place or that they can do without it indefinitely.

    Pete

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    Default Re: Red Funnel loses anchor on approach to Cowes

    Quote Originally Posted by Minn View Post
    Yes. In the days of my youth, ships had to carry a spare, and be able to shackle it on (not so easy if it weighs fifteen tons and your ship has no cranes) but, perhaps for that very reason, the rules were relaxed, and you can get a dispensation to sail with just one as long as the owners are organising the replacement of the one that you have mislaid
    That is an interesting way to put it!
    Certainly not lost and presumably worth lifting from its place of rest.

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    Default Re: Red Funnel loses anchor on approach to Cowes

    The advantage of the Cowes FB^ chain ferry is that it never moves so maybe its time RF took over runing that one from the present management as well

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