Regulations - Ask MTS
Now here's a good one: Emergency towing arrangement
We have just gone through ,on one of our vessels,both, PSC and annual class survey. Only Class brought up issue of ammendment due to enter Jan 2012. (Emergency Towing).We have written a procedure along with a risk assessment and implementation onboard. We do recommend following the IMO circular as a guide line. Do remember that using the on-board equipment ,towing line,bridle,heaving lines,messenger lines etc... and not adding unless you want to double up on safety. (we did add a crew member-safety officer as a direct out come of the risk assessment conducted.).
One of the major issues covered should be the communication sequence between the towing and towed vessels as they are not familiar with one another and in some cases can involve another yacht (unproffesional in terms of towing).
Also implementing a training schedule for procedure and if possible actually conducting a one to one practice with fellow vessel.
We will be happy in assissting in terms of risk assessment or procedures required.
Capt. A. Pick www.mvmsystem.com
I found when studying for my Commercial lic´ that the Admiralty book on towing was excellent, it has all the various rigs for all situations, although it was some years ago and an old book, I doubt whether things have changed much. There is admittedly, alot of "new" names to get used to!