Loading the anchor systems for Slope Base

A stack of three 2000-pound steel plates is lowered to the deck of the Thompson by a large crane on the dock.  Six of these plates will comprise a single anchor for the two-legged mooring that will be deployed at the base of the continental slope, 56 nautical miles off the coast of Oregon. The mooring will have two such anchors so the deck load on the Thompson will be considerable for this leg.

Credit: Mitch Elend

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