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IONIC HUNTRESS arriving at the Nyrstar zinc processing plant at Risdon, on the River Derwent, near Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Can anyone tell me what the water is coming out near the anchor?

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Walter, looks as if someone has left the hawse pipe washer on. As you heave up the anchor cable from anchorage you switch on the hawse pipe wash to clean the anchor cable and anchor of mud/clay/sand that has lodged on it whilst at anchorage. Usually as you approach the berth it is switched off so the guys on the for'd tug or mooring boat don't get a soaking!
 

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Hi Richard
Thanks for explaining that to me and a few others who were photographing the vessel as she came in to berth. Much appreciated. mystery now solved.
Cheers!
Walter
 

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Richard, one more question. Where does the water for the hawse pipe wash come from? Is it salt water from the sea that is pumped aboard, or is it from some sort of reservoir aboard the vessel?
Cheers!
Walter
 

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Walter, the water usually comes from the deck service line or fire line. When the washers are needed you simply open which side you want and call the bridge to start a fire pump. On some ships you leave one open permanently so as to avoid blowing a fire pump up if all the fire valves are shut when the pump is started.
Regards, Roy.
 

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Or it could be, as on many modern vessel's that the fire pump is run to provide cooling for the hydraulic system for the mooring winches.
 

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