Wednesday, April 8, 2020

What is the routine anchor windlass maintenance?

a. Brake drum should be free of oil, grease and other deposits. The brake drum should 
be cleaned periodically with a solvent prescribed by the maker 
b. The brake drum and the disk should be checked for wearing out or damage 
c. Gear oil should be checked for contaminants and level 
d. The direction of tensioning should correspond to the correct operation of the brake. As 
the reverse direction for tensioning would render the brake ineffective, check should 
be carried out to ensure the same 
e. Brake test of the windlass is to be carried out to the pressure mentioned by the 
maker on the jack tool. If necessary, the spring tension adjusted. It should be done in
guidance of the instructions and in the tensioning direction. The number of turns on
the drum should also be checked and should be same as to the makers quote 
f. The securing device of the tension spring adjust should be checked periodically for 
any tamper
g. Anchor windlass testing should be carried out to check the efficiency of the windlass. 
The windlass should raise the anchor with chain from 82.5m to 27.5m at a mean 
speed of 9m/min 
h. The foundation of the windlass should be checked 
i. Other routines of the prime mover should also be carried out like for the windlass 
electric motor or the hydraulic motor as the case may be

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