NHC has longstanding relationships with towage brokers with networks all around the world. This enables us to give our clients efficient and professional support.
The Master should consider the following when a tug is underway:
- Secure the propeller.
- Secure rudder amidships (if cannot be used).
- If fitted with quick-release brackets, check to see if they are working smoothly.
- Ensure power on windlass and that windlass works. Have numerous heaving lines and strong messenger ropes handy on forecastle.
- Forward a plan of the forecastle showing location of bitts/bollards, quick-release brackets, fairlead rollers and panama fairleads to owners/underwriters/tugbrokers/tugmaster.
- Try to increase the trim by the stern.
- Check that navigation lights for towing are working (side lights and stern light) and that the ’diamond’ shape is ready for hoisting.
- Liaise closely with the Tugmaster in planning the towing connection.
- Have officers and crew briefed on the connection plan.
- Once rigged, keep a close watch on the towage connection, the bollards and bitts and under deck, if possible, to ensure deck fittings are still secure.
- Keep a close watch on where the towing connection passes through the ship's side or fairleads, greasing as required and keeping an eye out for distortion, cracks etc.
- Maintain close communications with the tug boat.