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Emergency Towing Booklet (ETB)

A booklet to provide guidance and operational use of equipment in order to conduct safe emergency towing operations

Regulatory Reference: IMO MSC.1 Circ. 1255, SOLAS Reg. II-1/3-4

Regulatory Reference


SOLAS Reg. II -1 requires that all ships should be equipped with an Emergency Towing Booklet manual. Scope of this plan is to document how a ship is fitted with emergency towing arrangements. Plan is developed in line with IMO Legislaiton Plan Approval by the Administration or a Recognised Organisation (RO) on behalf of the Administration NOT mandatory, however manual may be examined by attending surveyors as part of an ISM Audit.

Indicative Contents

  • Key Towing Information
  • List of Facilities
  • Towing Operations
  • Decision Making Matrix
  • Typical Towing Patterns
  • Typical Examples of the Procedures for Connecting Towing Lines
  • Organization and Training
  • Maintenance
  • Risk Assessment
  • Vessel Plans

Info/Plans Required

  • Ship Specific Information (Questionnaire to be submitted)
  • Arrangement of mooring equipment plan
  • Bollard plans
  • Rollers plans
  • Any other mooring related plan available


  • Master will have a guidance with respect to Towing Operations and safety precautions
  • Procedures as per vessel specific arrangements
  • Detailed instructions for every step of operation and responsible personnel
  • Easy and effective reporting and communication procedure
  • Already inspected by most MoU’s PSC Officers and inspector surveyors

We will Ensure

  • Full compliance with national and international regulations and common marine practice
  • Real life documentation addressed to senior officers and crew onboard
  • Full integration of any client specific requirements
  • Full support provided after development in line with our Document Support Policy

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