Imposed Tugs

Cases of Imposed Tugs:

  1. The CA may require any vessel to take one tug or more tugs during Canal transit, whenever, in SCA judgement, this action is neccessary to ensure safety of the vessel or to the Canal.
  2. Vessels without mechanical power, or vessels whose the machinery of which is/or becomes disabled, or whose have bed steering badly, or which is liable to become unmanageable for any reason, shall be towed through the Canal.
  3. Vessels having engine or steering trouble for the second time during the sam passage.
  4. Vessel with bad view owing to deck cargo, containers, cranes or constructions that impeded the view from the weelhouse and wings. (SC port office officials may decide after survey for the safety of the ship and the canal that the ship has to be towed).
  5. a) Vessels of 1500 SC.G.T. and over unable to use one of their bow anchors.
    b) Vessels of 1500 SC.G.T. and over built with one anchor.
    c) Vessels of 1500 SC.G.T. and over built with more than one anchor with only one of them on the bow.
    d) Special Cases to be studied.
  6. Drilling Vessels
  7. Vessels with two engines on one propeller of which one is out of order for any reason and can not maintain speed of at least 10 ktos without current (after sea trial to make sure of the speed and valid sea worthiness certificate).
  8. Vessels with two engines intwo propellers of which one is out of order.
  9. On Master΄s request for one tug or more.
  10. Submarines to be scorted by one or two imposed tugs according to CA survey. (depending on submarine condition, acnhors, mooring facilities, power dirve, … etc).
  11. Air craft carriers to be escorted by two imposed tugs.
  12. a) General Cargo vessels carrying explosive of type class 1, (explosive div.1.1., div. 1.2., div. and 1.3 according to IMDG code) in less than 50% of the loaded cargo, an imposed tug is to be added during transit, for security.
    b) But if the explosive cargoes are 50% or more of the loaded cargo, two imposed tugs are to be added during transit, for security.