The Emergency Towing Booklet (ETB) should be ship specific and be presented in a clear, concise and ready-to-use format (booklet, plan, poster, etc.)Ship-specific data should include but not be limited to:
- Ship’s name;
- Call sign;
- IMO number;
- Anchor details (shackle, connection details, weight, type, etc.);
- Cable and chain details (lengths, connection details, proof load, etc.);
- Height of mooring deck(s) above base;
- Draft range; and
- Displacement range.
A minimum of three copies should be kept on board and located in:
- The bridge;
- A forecastle space; and
- The ship’s office or cargo control room.
- Calculation of safe working load (SWL) for mooring equipment (e.g. bollards, fairleads, chocks).
- Overview of all onboard equipment intended for towing operations.
- Description of towing patterns for various scenarios in easy-to-use format.
- Ship specific emergency towing procedures
The ETB should also include comprehensive diagrams and sketches of the following:
- Assembly and rigging diagrams
- Towing equipment and strong point locations
- Equipment and strong point capacities and safe working loads
- Master will have a guidance with respect to Towing Operations and safety precautions
- Procedures as per vessel specific arrangements
- Detailed instructions for every step of operation and responsible personnel
- Easy and effective reporting and communication procedure
- Already inspected by most MoU’s PSC Officers and inspector surveyors.