PILOTAGE PRE-PLANNING GUIDE
13.2 Information and pilotage by towing through Danish waters
From time to time, DanPilot has pilotage operations that involve towing through
the Sound and the Great Belt. With this short guide, DanPilot wants to give the
pilots a brief introduction to the most basic conditions in connection with towing.
The guide is intended only for towing in connection with sea pilotage.
Typical towing operations:
Towing will typically involve:
1. Towing of disabled vessels such as bulk carriers with engine breakdown.
2. Towing of jack-up rigs
3. Towing of semi-sub rigs
Re. 1) Disabled vessels that need towing may be all types of vessels either loaded or
in ballast. The course of the vessels may be extremely unstable and they may yaw
from side to side. Other times, the towing line may move to one side and stay there.
When passing an area with other ship traffic and narrow sea corridors, it should be
considered to use an escort tug and thus ensure that the towing line is steady and
follows the towing vessel.
Figure 18. Towing disabled vessels