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Get the latest live position for the MAERSK ASSISTER. You can also check the schedule, technical details and many more. MAERSK ASSISTER is a Offshore supply vessel built in by VOLKSWERFT. Current status: Laid up. Formerly also known as MAERSK ASSISTER. It’s gross. June 12th, UTC, Frederikshavn. June 12th, UTC, Frederikshavn. June 2nd, UTC, Gdansk.

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Notice the smaller anchors loaded on the ship in the bottom left corner of the picture. The yellow box to the right is a bouy maeersk in connection with rig mooring systems.

When at sea the needed power is supplied by the four shaft generators driven by the main engines. The ship is equipped with one anchor handling winch and two smaller towing winches.

On this job we worked together with two other vessels, namely the Maersk Achiever and the Normand Master. The chain is attached to the AHTS vessel’s work wire from the anchor handling winch. In the bottom center we see the inlet shaft from Main Engine no. Moller main office back in Assisger, Denmark. My fellow cadet Hasse is standing in the stairway.

Notice the number of hoses hanging losely on the side of the platform. Principal data are as follows: Nice and shiny new paint being applied, standard procedure during a docking. The grabler hook ready to be launched over the stern.

Upload Photo Show all photos. Wiki Further interesting facts, incidents, history, The steel wire from the main winches, when working as mentioned, runs out over the stern and into the water through these guides, thereby restricting movement of part of mawrsk wire that is on deck.

Excess gasses escaping from the drill site are burned off here. Similar steel structures were welded on the outside of the frame prohibiting movement in any direction. The rig is here completely de-ballasted, and the anchor bolsters the arrangement extending from the leg are therefore out of the water.

The high tension on the anchor will cause it to dredge itself several meters down into the seabed. The rig usually has an idea of where the wire or chain is located, and the ship then starts dragging the grabler along the seabed in this region by moving athwartships.


In this picture you can see the function of the chaser ring and wire. The history of former names is compiled automatically from AIS signals and gives insight into vessel owner changes, charter name changes and reflaggings. These vessels sail stores and provisions to and from oil production platforms at sea, and are neither mawrsk enough nor equipped for towing or anchor handling.

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The red paint is a special silicone based paint that actually never dries out completely. Of safety resons assiser one vessel is allowed to approach the rig at one time. Moving Bideford’s sister rig, the Borgland Dolphin.

Another picture from the same situation, this one showing how we were moored alongside the other ship. Furthermore it also accepts wear better than steel.

Maersk to Lay Up Two More Anchor Handlers

Assieter february we were chartered to do a rigmove together with two norwegian boats and the Maersk Achiever, a sister ship to Maersk Assister. Standing abow of the ship looking aft, we here see the grating covering the bow thruster.

Taking a walk on the quay I had the chance to take some pictures of the ship from the outside.

The ring around the anchor chain is called the “Chaser Ring”, and is used to catch the ancher on the bottom. The production rig then starts pumping up the oil and destributes it either to shore via a pipeline or to one or more tankers moored nearby via a assixter of pipes, tubes and mooring buys.

MAERSK ASSISTER – IMO – Callsign OYUJ2 – – Ship Photos and Ship Tracker

Please let us know if you would like us to keep you updated with monthly market reports, services, insight and analysis from VesselsValue. As mentioned above, this bay was used as a parking lot for oil rigs currently not in use.

The crane was equipped with its own propulsion, so all the manouvering was done by the crane itself. When pulling up an anchor, the ship receives the end of the chaser wire and sails away from the rig in direction of the anchor, dragging the ring along the anchor chain. Values in USD millions unless specified. These capstans are driven by large electrical motors and are used both for mooring as well as anchor handling operations, where they are used for moving heavy equipment around on the deck together with the tugger winches, which are located on the forepart of the working deck.


The gear here is comprised of a number of extra wire pennants and an extra bouy. When wire rope runs into the water from the ship these rollers will be turned by the wire if the weight in the wire is great enough of course. The three large black rectangles to each side of the crucifix are the air intakes for the engine room ventilation.

Typically, shock loads are reduced by increasing the length of the tow wire, and in harsh weather tow wire length could be as much as meters!

Normally cargo runs are carried out by PSV vessels Platform Supply Vesselswhich are supply vessels not equipped with winches and hydraulic machinery used for anchor handling. The dock is actually afloat, and takes in large ammounts of ballast water so that it becomes submerged as seen in this picture. Docked in Fredericia, the Chief Engineer and Chief Officer are the first two to enter the dock and inspect the ship.

Over larger distances a purpose-rigged towing bridle on the rig is used, and the vessel’s work wire is connected to this. The aft end of an anchor handling vessel lives a hard life. The aft one is used when anchorhandling.

AHTS Mærsk Assister

Safety during such work is of course essential, and no crew is allowed on deck when wires or other equipment is under tension.

This azimuth thruster was even retractable, meening that in could be lifted up into the hull of the ship by a set of hydraulic cylinders.

These are socalled “piggyback anchors”, assisterr can be deployed in excess of the normal mooring anchors if these do not supply the rig with adequate holding power.