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Emergency Towing Procedures
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Emergency Towing Procedures

Example of “Emergency Towing Procedures”



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).


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.


<Example of Emergency Towing Procedures>

Japan Ship Technology Research Association (JSTRA) conducted a project of developing an example of emergency towing procedures for a Panamax bulk carrier. The main purpose of the project is 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.


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.


We believe that a sample form for emergency towing procedures is also 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.



1.       Format of Emergency Towing Booklet

2.       Example of Emergency Towing Booklet (Panamax Bulk Carrier)

3.       Other Towing Patterns (Bulk Carrier)

4.       Other Towing Patterns (PCC)

5.       Amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974, as Amended (MSCMSC 84/24/Add.1/ANNEX 2)

6.       Guidelines for Owners/Operators on Preparing Emergency Towing Procedures (MSC.1/Circ.1255)


Note: The format of Emergency Towing Procedures developed by JSTRA is just one example and may not be suitable for some ships.


Note: The format and the example provided here were introduced at DE52 held in March 2009 and noted as useful information.


* This example was introduced into the member of ICS Marine Committee. 

** This work was carried out as a research activity of Stability Project of JSTRA in the fiscal year of 2008, funded by the Nippon Foundation.