Anchoring systems - C7D

Designing, selecting, and testing anchoring systems.


Download NSCV Sub-section C7D - Anchoring systems PDF505.29 KB


Full title 

National Standard for Commercial Vessels 

Part C - Design and construction 

Section 7 - Equipment 

Sub-section 7D - Anchoring systems


Edition 1.4

Commenced 1 April 2022


The National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) sub-section C7D specifies the minimum requirements for design, selection and testing of anchoring systems for commercial vessels. 

This standard recognises anchoring systems as safety equipment. 

This Subsection shall be read in conjunction with: 

  • Part B—General requirements and,  
  • MO504 (Certificates of operation and operation requirements — national law).  

The anchoring systems specified in this Subsection are suitable only for use in reasonably sheltered conditions or in emergencies such as equipment failure.  

This Subsection applies to all vessels other than Special Vessels provided for in NSCV Part F of this standard, unless NSCV Part F specifies otherwise. 

This Subsection does not apply to vessels operating on cables (vessel-in-chain). 


This NSCV was updated as a result of the Omnibus amendments instrument No 1, 2021. (AMSA has made minor editorial amendments to six NSCVs to address minor issues in nature raised by industry).

 Summary of changes:

  1. In the note following clause - Assessment and verification:
  3. In clause 3.8 NUMBER OF ANCHORS, Table 3.4 - Anchor mass in kg for Class E vessels:

The list of changes are available via the following link: NSCV Omnibus amendments instrument No1 2021 PDF518.45 KB.

Superseded Superseded standards for commercial vessels
Assistance and tools 

Policy and Regulation 

To provide feedback or report issues / errors with this or any other any NSCV or related webpages, contact us at 

Please include the name and clause number of the NSCV in the email.

For questions that relate to an application please email

Last updated: 3 August 2023