Towage

Use of tugs when performing berthing operations shall be compulsory for all vessels longer than 50.0 m or with a GT exceeding  500.0.


Applications for tug services shall have to be submitted by the vessel’s Master to the port dispatcher through the sea agent not less than 2 hours in advance of the arrival of the vessel, by the Master of the vessel staying in the Port, not less than 2 hours in advance of the beginning of  towage.

 

The Master of the vessel through an operator of the pilot authorities shall call for tugs 45 minutes in advance of the full readiness of the vessel for departure, remooring or arrival of the vessel from the seaside to the gates of the Port.

 

Any refusal to use a tug(s) as per the previous application shall have to be submitted to the Port’s dispatcher by the sea agent at least 1 hour in advance of the time declared for the beginning of towage.

 

Orders for towage operations shall be drawn up after completion of towage. The Master of the vessel shall be obliged to sign them, witnessed by the vessel’s stamp and submit directly to a tug or a pilot. 

 

If the beginning of a towing operation is delayed for more than 30 minutes from the time declared, the port’s dispatcher shall be at liberty to call back the tugs. In this case the Master of the vessel (or a person acting for him) shall be obliged to complete orders for payment including the time spent by the tugs for a passage to the vessel and back and the time of awaiting for the beginning of a towage operation.

 

Coordination and control over the tugs services when towing or berthing  of a power-propelled vessel irrespectively of her GT and whether her machinery is used or not shall be performed by the Master of the vessel towered.

 

Coordination of towage or a towing operation when shifting of non-propelled vessels and floating means of less than 500.0  GT shall be performed by the Master of the vessel towing. If several tugs are participating in the towage coordination towage shall be  assigned to the captain of the head tug. In this case irrespectively of the towing method (astern towing, alongside or pushing) nomination of a head tug shall have to be stipulated before the beginning of towage.

 

Coordination of towage of a non-propelled vessel of 500.0 GT and more with crew onboard shall be performed by the Master of  the vessel towed.

 

To coordinate tug services during berthing operations VHF radio channel 6 shall be used.

 

A coordinator of towage shall bear responsibility for damage to the towing and towed vessels, hydrotechnical installations and appliances, vessels anchored or staying at berths.

 

The Port shall not bear responsibility for damages and accidents held during towing operations if towage is coordinated by  the vessel-tenant. All expenses of the port related to losses and damages arisen during towage shall be paid by the coordinator of towage (the tenant). Responsibility to come from the moment when the first instruction of the tennant  is performed by the tug and to cease from the moment when the tug is informed to be released by the tenant.

 

The Port shall not bear responsibility for possible detentions and delay of the vessel in the following cases:

 

an application for tug services was submitted with violation of terms specified in cl.4.1.2.of the Mandatory Regulations;

 

in case of force-majeure circumstances in the Port (sudden changes of meteorological terms, armed conflict, etc.);

 

When performing berthing operations, gas, chemical carriers and tankers with DWT exceeding 25,000 t shall have to use no less than three (3) tugs with total power of at least 5.4 MW.

 

Required number of tugs to assist with berthing of all other vessels shall be agreed between the pilot and the Master in each individual case depending on circumstances and recommendations of the Mandatory Regulations of the Port in the part of  Norms  for Tugs Occupied in Manoeuvring Operations with a Vessel. 

 

An absence of the Master’s application for tug services shall not relieve him from payment for tug  services in accordance with the current rates.

 

If tugs of the applied power are busy to eliminate detention and delay of vessels less powerful tugs may be nominated  by the Port’s dispatcher being agreed with the Master of the vessel and the pilot (under favourable  hydrometeorological conditions).

 

The length of the towing line when towage in the Port water area and approach channel shall not exceed 50.0 m. 

 

Towage of vessels with operating (additionally) main engine shall be performed at the shortest possible line provided safe towage.

 

Vessels of more than 150.0 m in length shall have to raise lights and symbols prescribed by Regulation 27(A) МППСС-72 in addition to those lights prescribed by Regulation 24 (E) if the main engine or steering gear fails.

 

When towing non-propelled vessels with the steering gear the helmsman shall keep to the wheel. 

Fire Fighting Tugs

Two (2) tugs of 5,000 HP are equipped with fire fighting equipment.

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