Anchoring hook

The anchor ropes of an ocean-going or inland vessel are often no longer fixed to bollards, but to mobile anchoring hooks. The hooks can be released electromechanically, for example. With the help of these hook systems, first the mooring lines are pulled in and then the actual anchor cable. This has the advantage of simplifying handling and increasing safety, amongst other things. In an emergency, e.g. during a storm, the anchoring can quickly be released. The same technology is also used to moor gas tankers to offshore terminals or when transferring loads from ship to ship.

Anchoring hook


The anchoring hooks are moved by hoist cylinders. The mooring lines can be brought in using an optional winch (which customers usually choose to order). This winch is started and stopped via a control panel and/or foot switch. The foot switch has to be saltwater-resistant, mechanically robust and, depending on the application, Ex protected.


A very robust and corrosion-resistant foot switch developed for Extreme applications, including explosive zones, enables the winch to be actuated reliably in order to haul in the mooring lines. Wireless foot switches are a further option, offering flexibility regarding the positioning of the switch and preventing downtimes caused by damaged cables.

Customer benefit

Highly robust foot switches already tried and tested in Extreme applications guarantee absolutely reliable operation of anchoring hooks, both during normal operation and in emergencies. Wireless foot switches make operation even more ergonomically comfortable, as well as removing power or signal cables which could become damaged in the rough working conditions of a port.

Anchoring hook