Section VI. Retrieving anchors
16-18 General. Anchors are retrieved in one of two methods; either the anchor is pulled upright on the seabottom and
then dragged to the barge, or the barge is moved over the anchor and it is lifted directly upward to its position on the
barge bolster. Generally, a combination of these two methods is used when preparing to move the barge from an
anchored position. If four anchors are deployed, at least one offshore anchor must be retrieved to provide sufficient
maneuvering area for the tug before it can come alongside the barge and take it on the hip.
16-18.1 Retrieving an anchor with assistance of auxiliary boat. In this method, the auxiliary boat, using the anchor
buoy line, pulls anchor into upright position. This does not require the auxiliary boat to lift anchor off the seabottom but
simply to pull it to an upright position. This pulls the flukes out of their set position in the seabottom and frees the anchor.
While auxiliary boat holds anchor upright to keep flukes from digging into bottom, barge uses winch to reel in cable. This
method normally has to be used for at least the first anchor retrieval so tug has sufficient maneuvering room to come
alongside barge and take it on the hip.
16-18.2 Retrieving an anchor with assistance of tug. In this method, tug moves barge to the anchor and then barge
lifts the anchor vertically from the seabottom and stows it on the barge bolster.
Section VII. Anchor winch procedures
16-19 Operating controls and indicators
Black ON/OFF switch. Located on top of winch control panel (see Figure 16-6). The ON position closes
circuit for power to reach control panel from switchboard. OFF position opens circuit and stops power
from reaching anchor winch control panel.
Black REVERSE (IN) button. Right-hand button on winch control panel (Barge 1) or button closest to
deckhouse (Barges 2 and 3) (see Figure 16-6). When pushed in, winds anchor cable onto winch reel.
Touch lightly for momentary retrieval or push firmly to lock in continuous retrieval position.
Black FORWARD (OUT) button. Left-hand button on winch control panel (Barge 1) or button closest to
anchor (Barges 2 and 3) (see Figure 16-6). When pushed in, unwinds anchor cable from winch reel.
Touch lightly for momentary extension or push firmly to lock in continuous payout position.
Red OFF button. Center button on winch control panel between black REVERSE (IN) and FORWARD
(OUT) buttons (see Figure 16-6). When pushed in, stops anchor winch.
RESET button. Located near bottom left of winch control panel (see Figure 16-6).
Electric brake release. Located on end of electric motor/brake on top of winch (see Figure 16-7). Pull out
to release electric brake. Push in to engage electric brake.
Winch manual/power clutch. Located on rear of winch housing (see Figure 16-7). Place winch in power
operation by moving handle inboard (ENGAGE). An electric motor engages the winch through a gear
system. Moving handle outboard (DISENGAGE), disengages electric motor and selects manual
operation. By selecting DISENGAGE, anchor can be allowed to free fall with the manual brake proving
the only control. This action is not recommended unless electrical power is unavailable during anchoring.
See cautions in paragraph 16-22. Normal setting is ENGAGE.
Levelwind clutch. Located on inboard side of winch near center (see Figure 16-8). Pull handle out to turn
levelwind OFF. Push handle in to turn levelwind ON. Normal position is ON (handle in).
Manual brake operating handle. Located on inboard side on winch above mechanical brake (see Figure
16-8). Operate by placing handle on top of ratchet. Turn clockwise (looking down on handle) to tighten
brake. Reverse pawl and turn counterclockwise to release brake.