If a ship is in trouble and needs to be towed to safety, an emergency towing system can help. Typical emergency towing arrangements include strongpoints and fairleads along the ship’s centerline, a towing pennant, and chafing gear. The towing system should be fitted on tankers, 20,000-dwt and up, and similar arrangements should be in place on other types of ships.
Many insurance companies will cover the cost of emergency towing, provided the tow is within a certain area. Depending on the policy, towing may cost additional money. This service is a lifesaver, especially in times of emergencies. It is also a good option if your vehicle breaks down outside of regular garage hours. Getting a tow service is not hard when you are facing an emergency. Emergency towing companies will help you get your vehicle back on the road as quickly as possible.
Oil tankers that are over 20000 DWT are required to carry emergency towing arrangements. These emergency towing arrangements are designed to be deployed within an hour by the ship’s crew, but a single person can operate them. It is important to note that emergency towing arrangements must be pre-rigged and fully operational, and they must be easily deployable. In addition, the system must be capable of operating independently without relying on electrical power.
The two largest ETV flotillas are the Netherlands, France, and Germany. These three countries each operate three ETVs, and a third vessel operates one of these boats as an emergency towing vessel. The ETVs are designed to respond in a minimum of two hours to any incident in coastal waters of Germany. A single ETV is equipped with the necessary equipment, and one is required to have 200 tons of bollard pull, if possible.