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Cracks in older anchor chains

The Petroleum Safety Authority Norway (PSA) has recently received a report concerning an incident where significant cracks in anchor chains produced in 1986 were found during use. This demonstrates the importance of the visual inspection carried out during chain handling.


Cracks in anchor chains

We have sent an identical letter concerning the matter to the industry. Owners of Acknowledgements of Compliance (AoCs) must submit an overview of anchor chains in use which are 20 years old or older.

Furthermore, we have requested a statement concerning the companies' strategy and plans for replacement of older chains, and which inspection philosophy the companies use as a basis for their inspection of chains older than 20 years.

Press contact in the PSA
Ole-Johan Faret
Telephone: +47 41 68 35 46
E-mail: ole-johan.faret@ptil.no