Abeille Tows CMA CGM Marco Polo

Press Release
Monday, March 11, 2013
Photo: CMA CGM

The crew on the Abeille Bourbon successfully completed towing operations on the CMA CGM Marco Polo, the jewel in CMA CGM’s crown and the largest containership in the world (capable of carrying up to 16,020 TEUs(*)), as part of an exercise organized by the Atlantic French Maritime Prefecture.

The Abeille Bourbon is a tug specializing in salvage and assistance and chartered by the French Navy to protect the French coastline. The vessel provided its services for an Atlantic French Maritime Prefecture exercise to test the latest generation of the CMA CGM Marco Polo containership’s emergency towing arrangement. The containership is 396 m long, weighs 186,000 tons and has a 16,020 container capacity.

As part of the exercise, the CMA CGM Marco Polo simulated damage to its propeller system when leaving the Ouessant traffic separation scheme. The vessel naturally positioned itself across the wind. Its size provided a large surface for wind impact and the containership soon began to drift. The crew on board the Abeille Bourbon, headed by the Captain Thierry Choquet, launched a fast tow procedure and focused on tug maneuvers to turn the CMA CGM Marco Polo head to wind.

The Salvage tug therefore moved closer using a line-throwing gun and a pass rope to link up with the CMA CGM Marco Polo. In adverse weather conditions, this maneuver is risky as it requires the high seas salvage tug to be very close to the ship it is assisting. The Abeille Bourbon reached a speed of 6.7 knots with a bollard pull of approximately 90 t.

(*) TEU = Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit, unit of cargo capacity

www.bourbon-online.com/en

www.cmacgm-marcopolo.com
 

Maritime Reporter February 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

News

5 Rescued from Sinking Vessel off Monterey Coast

Coast Guard rescued five people from a sinking 65-foot sailing vessel approximately 120 miles off the Monterey coast, Saturday. At approximately 8 a.m. Saturday,

CMA CGM Opens Two Offices

CMA CGM Opens a new branch in Constantine, (Algeria) and an agency in Sihanoukville, (Combodia) Following are the addresses in the respective countries: CMA CGM Algérie,

Barril Appointed COO of SBM Offshore

SBM Offshore is pleased to announce the appointment of Philippe Barril as Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective March 1, 2015.  Philippe's appointment as a

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2313 sec (4 req/sec)