Emergency towing training performed
The San Francisco Bar Pilots and US Coast Guard together with the global container shipping company CMA CGM tested the towing capability of ultra-large container ships in the San Francisco Bay on Wednesday, May the 21st.
The ship that participated in the towing drill was the 11,400 TEU container ship CMA CGM CENTAURUS. The vessel belongs to the largest ships that are calling at the ports of California. The training was performed by the AHBRA FRANCO and MARSHALL FOSS. There were exercised two towing maneuvers: one with a single tug ahead the ship and the second with two tugs off the bow.
The towing demonstration aimed testing the capability of the tugs in the San Francisco Bay to connect and to tow the ultra-large container ships in case of an emergency. It was the first attempt to perform a training of an emergency towing in the United States.
The weather conditions were favorable during the towing performance and all maneuvers were performed successfully.