Over the last decade European pilots and tug operators have increasingly experienced operational problems
when handling ever-larger ships. The problems are mainly related to the type and / or strength and / or
positioning of deck equipment on board of ships.
This document is intended to raise the awareness of owners, insurers, naval architects, new-building
superintendents, classification societies and shipyards about specific areas of concern to the towage
industry, in order to encourage them to take these into account when ordering or designing vessels.
The purpose is to assist the parties involved to ensure that the deck layout will result in safer operations for
both ships and tug crews, yet deliver rapid and more efficient harbour towage operations.
Accordingly, Guidelines have been formulated in this paper.
The main areas of concern are:
- Strength and design of bitts, chocks and fairleads
- Positioning of bitts and chocks
- Deck arrangement and organisation of the operations
- Marks on ship hulls
- High “dead slow” of ships
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