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Transocean Spitsbergen Summary failure in anchor line no 7, 02.08.2012. Failure in anchor line 7, 02.08.2012. Broken link no 740 appr 10 m above fairlead. Findings from investigation report after the failure in anchor line 7.

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Transocean spitsbergen summary failure in anchor line no 7 02 08 2012
Transocean Spitsbergen Summary failure in anchor line no 7, 02.08.2012


Failure in anchor line 7 02 08 2012
Failure in anchor line 7, 02.08.2012

Broken link no 740 appr 10 m above fairlead


Findings from investigation report after the failure in anchor line 7
Findings from investigation report after the failure in anchor line 7

  • Anchorline 7 consisted of 4 x 500 m segments of 84 mm NV R4, studded anchor chain 

  • The inner segment, was produced as chain production no 241 in the period from 06.09.2007 to 08.09.2007 by Jiangsu Asian Star Anchor Chain Co., Ltd, China and certified by DNV, Certificate SHA-07-3409, issued 05.01.2008

  • Chain production no 241 consists of a total of 1487 links and the broken link no 740 is located close to the middle of this segment.




Heat treatment parameter curve figure furnace no 3 ref mrb
Heat treatment parameter curve figure anchor line 7Furnace no 3 , ref MRB




Findings from investigation report after the failure in anchor line 72
Findings from investigation report after the failure in anchor line 7

  • The failure was caused by corrosion fatigue exposed to high stress and propagated with fast overload fracture

  • The underlaying cause was improper heat treatment resulting in hard material in a ”train” of 18 links

  • It was identified corrolation between high hardness measured in the broken link and the surface hardness

  • On this background, hardness measurements were initiated on each link (1009) in the broken chain segment and 20% in remaing segments of 8 anchor lines.

  • No links with high hardness values were observed during the measurement performed by DNV


Summary after hardness measurements of all chain transocean spitsbergen
Summary after hardness measurements of all chain Transocean Spitsbergen.

  • In segment that failed: 100% hardness measured by Brinell, 1009 links (336 m) Measured in both link ends

  • Rest of chain: 20% hardness measured by Brinell, 8326 links (14154 m)

  • Total measured 9335 links (14 490 m)

  • No link with high hardness was observed

  • All 8 anchorlines are certified for 5 years   


Asak testing heat treatment furnace no 3
ASAK testing heat treatment Furnace no 3 Spitsbergen.

Test of 30 links, stopped in cooling water and run through tempering tower with max speed.

19 links were measured with higher hardness than recommended

352 HB


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