R&D

Our strong commitment to designing and developing the next generation of anchoring technologies enables us to offer our customers a superior choice – bespoke, suitable, cost effective solutions for their mooring needs, instead of what is simply ‘standard’.

Bruce Anchor currently has various R&D projects under development with some new products that have the potential to completely change the anchoring industry, particularly for permanent moorings.

This anchor solves the problems associated with the use of a detachable or permanent shackle to secure an anchor to a mooring chain, such as cost and fatigue.

Anchors are usually connected to a mooring chain by a detachable or permanently attached shackle. Typically, the anchor shackle cannot be directly secured to the chain and other connecting items, such as multi-link adaptors or connecting links are required. These types of connectors carry disadvantages, such as high cost and low fatigue life of the mooring line – disadvantages that can be avoided by using the Bruce Double Clevis Anchor.

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  • Direct connection of anchor to chain common link
  • Eliminates expensive shackles, detachable links and adaptors
  • Increases fatigue life of complete mooring line

A new Anchor Data Communication System, capable of displaying seabed to surface ‘real time’ tracking of an anchor moving along its embedment trajectory in the seabed.

The Bruce Anchor Tracker offers cost-effective site appraisal, which could eliminate the need for geotechnical investigation.

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Bruce Tracker

  • ‘Real time’ tracking of an anchor embedment trajectory
  • Power supply changeable on seabed by ROV means the system does not need recovering for maintenance during the life of the mooring

The Bruce FBL anchor has tandem twin shanks linked by a slotted plate to which the anchor shackle is attached. The anchor shackle-pin can move freely within the slot in the slotted plate. A simple mooring-line procedure enables the fluke angle to be adjusted by moving the shackle pin to the forward end or the aft end of the slot while the anchor is in the soil. This avoids a need for decking.

Other anchors deployed with fluke angles inappropriate for the soil conditions have to be brought on deck for fluke angle adjustment.

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By avoiding decking for fluke angle adjustment, the FBL anchor not only saves anchor handling time and costs but also provides increased safety for deck crews in heavy weather conditions.

  • Fluke angle adjustable while under the mudline
  • No need for shear pins
  • Greater safety for deck crews in heavy weather conditions
  • High holding capacity in firm and hard soil conditions
  • High holding capacity in near normal load mode in soft clay
  • Racks easily on bolster bars

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A revolutionary design for offshore mooring applications is the Bruce Booster. The fluked burying devices, mounted in series on a chain mooring line increase the holding capacity obtainable from the drag anchor.

Each Booster acts as a tandem anchor, increasing holding capacity even in shallow layers of sediment. A series of Boosters can provide unprecedented high holding capacity to match the breaking load of any chain while permitting low load recovery.

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  • Superior high holding capacity even in shallow layers of sediment
  • Eliminates expensive shackles, pear links, and piggy-back anchors
  • Easily assembled on chain mooring lines
  • Freights in standard containers for up to 120mm chain size –reducing transport costs significantly
  • Low load recovery by mooring line