A multipurpose boat known as an emergency tow vehicle (ETV) is employed by state authorities to tow crippled vessels on rough seas in order to reduce risks to people and the environment.
Until commercial assistance from tug boats arrives on the scene or the damaged vessel has been sufficiently repaired to be able to navigate on its own, it is either towed to a safe haven or maintained in place against wind and current.
Due to a decrease in the number of professional salvage tugs available and an increase in the risk posed by specific vessels, ETVs are now required as a preventive measure.
The measures are available to distressed vessels that ask to be towed in order to make towing as safe as feasible.
Oil tankers are equipped with emergency towing equipment that is fastened to the forward and aft portions of the vessel and allows the towing line to be connected.
The Global emergency towing vessel Market accounted for $XX Billion in 2022 and is anticipated to reach $XX Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of XX% from 2023 to 2030.
When a crippled vessel needs help getting to a location of safety, an Emergency Towing System (ETS) is a pre-staged kit of gear that can be used.
The system comes with a documentation that explains how to use the system and how to install it to a location. The method is meant to help disabled vessels that are in Alaskan seas by using available vessels.
It comprises a buoy with lights, chafing gear, a lightweight, high-performance towline, and a messenger line for deploying the towline. These parts could be set up to drop from a helicopter or deploy from the stern of a tugboat to a ship that is disabled.
According to class criteria, the connection of these equipment to the vessel’s hull is reinforced.It is not necessary for bulk carriers and regular cargo ships to have a specialised emergency towing arrangement.
Depending on the type of vessel and the date the keel was laid, it is required that they have an emergency towing procedure handbook on board.
This ship-specific document outlines the steps necessary to tow the vessel with its own gear.Standard mooring tools including mooring ropes, bits, rollers, and Panama chocks should be used during the procedure.
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