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An Example of Emergency Towing Procedures

An Example of Emergency Towing Procedures

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INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANIZATION

IMO

E

SUB COMMITTEE ON SHIP DESIGN AND
EQUIPMENT
52nd session
Agenda item 20

DE 52/INF.2
8 December 2008
ENGLISH ONLY

ANY OTHER BUSINESS

An example of “Emergency Towing Procedures”

Submitted by Japan

SUMMARY

Executive summary:

This document provides an example of emergency towing procedures,
which include Emergency Towing Booklet (ETB), intending to
support the preparation of emergency towing procedures by
shipowners/shipbuilders.

Strategic Direction

2

High level Action

2.1.1

Planned output

2.1.1.5

Action to be taken:

Paragraph 9

Related documents:

MSC 84/24, MSC 84/24/Add.1 and DE 50/27

Introduction

1

The Maritime Safety Committee, at its eighty-fourth session, adopted amendments to the
International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, including the amendments to
chapter II-2, regulation 3-4, “Emergency towing arrangements and procedures,” and approved
“Guidelines for owners/operators on preparing emergency towing procedures”
(MSC.1/Circ.1255).

2

The new regulations will require all passenger ships and cargo ships to be provided with a
ship-specific emergency towing procedure, which shall include drawings of fore and aft deck,
showing possible emergency towing arrangements and inventory of equipment on board that can
be used for emergency towing. The regulations will be applied to all passenger ships and cargo
ships constructed on or after 1 January 2010, not later than 1 January 2010, and cargo ships
constructed before 1 January 2010, not later than 1 January 2012.

DE 52/INF.2

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3

The regulations of the Convention and guidelines, however, do not provide standard
formats for emergency towing procedures. Thus, the Sub-Committee on Ship Design and
Equipment (DE), at its fiftieth session, invited Member Governments and international
organizations to develop a workable example of emergency towing procedures and submit it for
the information.

Development of an example of an emergency towing booklet

4

Considering the request from DE 50, Japan conducted a project of developing an example
of emergency towing procedures for a Panamax bulk carrier.

5

The main purpose of the project was to support shipowners/shipbuilders in the smooth
development of emergency towing procedures to be entered in the Emergency Towing Booklet
(ETB). Shipowners, shipbuilders, towing companies, a classification society and the Japanese
Government participated in the project.

6

In developing an example of ETB, the requirements of the Convention and the guidelines
were scrutinized to understand what and how information should be included in the ETB, taking
into account actual emergency situations. Careful attention was paid both to compliance to the
requirements and to practicability of preparing ETBs.

7

A sample form for emergency towing procedures would also be beneficial not only for
shipowners to prepare emergency towing procedures but also for towing companies to easily
understand each ship’s towing procedure in emergency situation. In view of this, a sample form
was also prepared.

8

The developed example as well as the sample form of ETB are set out in annexes 1 and 2

to this document, respectively.

Action requested of the Sub-Committee

9

The Sub-Committee is invited to note the information set out in the annexes and take

action as appropriate.

***

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ANNEX 1

EMERGENCY TOWING BOOKLET

Volume A

Table of Communicating Information

(Information to be provided to a towing company)

XXX Marine Transportation Ltd.

3
2
1
0

Rev.

Date

Description of Revision

Prepared Checked Approved

An Example of
Panamax Bulk Carrier

DE 52/INF.2
ANNEX 1
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Table of Information (1/2)

No.

Item

Current status

Day/Month/Year

Time

(1)

Present time

10/10/08

JST 12:30

(2)

Current position

200km off Choshi 3659'48"N 14225'31"E

(3)

Cause of requesting towage

Loss of navigability due to the breakage of the
crankshaft of No.2 main engine

(4)

Weather conditions

Cloudy

Velocity (m/s)

Direction

(5)

Wind velocity and direction

About 10

Northeast

(6)

Wave height

about 1.5

(m)

(7)

Weather forecast

The typhoon is approaching and wind is
expected to become stronger.

Speed (kt)

Direction

(8)

Drifting speed and direction

About 1.0

Southwest

(9)

Imminent danger (e.g., grounding)
(if any, describe the expected danger)

Note: There is no grounding risk
now, but there is a possibility to
approach to the land in 4 days with
this drifting situation.

(10) Flooding (if any, describe the status)

Status :

(11) Cargo (if any, describe the type)

Note :

Grain

(12) Fore draft

10.6

(m)

(13) Aft draft

11.4

(m)

レ□Yes □No

レ□Yes □No

□Yes □No

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Table of Information (2/2)

No.

Item

Current status

(14) Can be towed from the bow?

Status :

(15) Can use power on board?

Status :

(16) Can use deck lighting for the towing line
connection?

Status :

(17) Can use the mooring winch for winding the
towing line?

Status :

(18) Can use the mooring equipment on the deck
for the towing line connection?

Status :

(19) Can use towing lights (side lights, stern
lights)?

Status :

(20) Ready to display the black diamond?

Status :

Under preparation

(21) Can use the rudder (describe the status)?

Status :

No problem

(22) If the rudder is damaged, what is the current
rudder angle and is it possible to return to
midship?

Status :

No problem

(23) Can use the main engine?

Status :

(24) Can control the trim?

Status :

Trim by stern at present

(25) Is there heeling?

Status :

(26) How to prevent free propeller rotation?

Now, we’re working to connect the coupling
bolts of the intermediate shaft bearing with hull.
It will be finished within two hours.

(27) Oil leakage from the stern tube (if any,
describe the status)

Status :

レ□Yes □No

レ□Yes □No

レ□Yes □No

レ□Yes □No

レ□Yes □No

レ□Yes □No

レ□Yes □No

レ□Yes □No

□Yes □No

□Yes □No

□Yes □No

□Yes □No

□Yes □No

DE 52/INF.2
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Emergency Towing Booklet
Volume B

Text

XXX Marine Transportation Ltd.

3
2
1
0

Rev.

Date

Description of Revision

Prepared Checked Approved

An Example of
Panamax Bulk Carrier

DE 52/INF.2
ANNEX 1
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Contents

Page

1. Main particulars ------------------------------------- 6

2. List of facilities ------------------------------------

6

2.1 List of communication equipment

-------------------------

6

2.2 List of power supply equipment

------------------------- 6

2.3 Steering gears

-------------------------

6

2.4 Anchors, chain cables and mooring ropes ----------

7

2.5 Arrangement of deck facilities on upper deck in the bow ----------

8

2.6 Arrangement of deck facilities on upper deck in the stern ----------

9

2.7 List of deck tools

------------------------- 10

2.8 List of other facilities

------------------------- 10

3. Decision matrix for determining towing patterns ------------------- 11

4. Towing patterns

------------------------------------- 12

(1) Pattern 1-F (towing from the bow) ------------------------------------- 12
(2) Pattern 1-A (towing from the stern) ------------------------------------- 12
(3) Pattern 2-F (towing from the bow) ------------------------------------- 13
(4) Pattern 2-A (towing from the stern) ------------------------------------- 13
(5) Pattern 3-F (towing from the bow) ------------------------------------- 14
(6) Pattern 3-A (towing from the stern) ------------------------------------- 14

5. Organization

---------------------------- 15

5.1 Personnel distribution ------------------------------- 15
5.2 List of tasks and necessary equipment ------------------------------ 16
5.3 Notes for the towing operation ------------------------------ 17

6. Examples of the procedures for connecting towing lines ---------------- 17

(1) Pattern 1-F: Use a wire rope

--------------------------- 18

(2) Pattern 2-F: Use wire ropes

--------------------------- 21

(3) Pattern 3-F: Use hawsers of the ship

--------------------------- 24

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1

Main particulars

(1)

Ship’s name

(2)

Call sign

(3)

IMO number

(4)

Type of ship

Panamax BC
Loa=225m

(5)

Principal dimensions

Lpp×B×D=217m×32.2m×19.15m
Bow : 21.75m

(6)

Height of mooring deck above keel

Stern : 19.96m
Draft : 13.85m

(7)

Draft and displacement
at full load condition

Displacement : 84,000MT
Draft :
5.6m

(8)

Draft and displacement
at light ballast condition

Displacement : 31,000MT

2

List of facilities

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