Anchorage (shipping)


An anchorage is a location at sea where ships can lower
anchor An anchor is a device, normally made of metal, used to connect a Watercraft, vessel to the Seabed, bed of a body of water to prevent the craft from drifting due to Leeway, wind or Ocean current, current. The word derives from Latin ''ancora'' ...

s. Anchorages are where anchors are lowered and utilised, whereas
mooring A mooring is any permanent structure to which a vessel may be secured. Examples include quay A wharf, quay (, also ), or staith(e) is a structure on the shore of a harbour or on the bank of a river or canal where ships may dock to load and ...
s usually are tethering to buoys or something similar. The locations usually have conditions for safe anchorage in protection from weather conditions, and other hazards. The purpose of resting a ship at sea securely can be for waiting to enter
port A port is a maritime Maritime may refer to: Geography * Maritime Alps, a mountain range in the southwestern part of the Alps * Maritime Region, a region in Togo * Maritime Southeast Asia * The Maritimes, the Canadian provinces of ...

s, as well as taking on cargo or passengers where insufficient port facilities exist. Some coastlines without port facilities have extensive anchorage locations. In the days of large-scale sailing ship operations, a ship could wait at an anchorage for the wind to change, allowing it to continue its journey. The mooring of large ships in locations with adequate conditions for secure berthing is an engineering task requiring considerable technical skill.

See also

Roadstead A roadstead (or ''roads'' – the earlier form) is a body of water sheltered from rip current A rip current, often simply called a rip (or misleadingly a '' rip tide''), is a specific kind of water current that can occur near beaches with br ...
Sea anchor A sea anchor (also known as a drift anchor, drift sock, para-anchor or boat brake) is a device that is streamed from a boat A boat is a watercraft Watercraft, also known as water vessels or waterborne vessels, are vehicles A veh ...

Sea anchor


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