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 August 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Workboats

New Cutter Suction Dredge: Modern and Efficient

Ellicott Dredges, LLC has debuted a new design 20” (500 mm) cutter suction dredge, the Series 2070 Dragon dredge.    Aiming to take advantage of modern, up-to-date

CMID Reaches 100th Vessel Inspector Application

The CMID (Common Marine Inspection Document) Vessel Inspector Scheme has reached a milestone with the hundredth Vessel Inspector application having been received.

Rolls-Royce to Design, Equip Canadian Stern Trawler

The shipbuilding company VARD Group AS in Norway has received an order from a Canadian company for a shrimp stern trawler to be designed and equipped by Rolls-Royce,

Container Ships

China Shipping Line to Buy 10 Vessels

China Shipping Container Lines Co is planning to buy around 10 ultralarge container ships for around $1.5 billion, despite the shipping industry struggles with a capacity glut, reports WSJ.

SHIPPINGInsight to Focus on Ship Telematics

The subject of ship telematics will be prominently featured at the upcoming SHIPPINGInsight 2015 Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition, which takes place in Stamford, Conn.

LNG-fueled Box Ship a 'Momentous Step Forward'

On Saturday, August 29, 2015, the world’s first series of energy efficient containerships welcomed its second LNG-powered vessel in San Diego, fueling the U.S.

News

Dry Bulk Recovery Still a Long Way Off

The dry bulk shipping market will remain in recession due to contracting demand for iron ore and coal, and any recovery is not expected until 2017, according to

New Cutter Suction Dredge: Modern and Efficient

Ellicott Dredges, LLC has debuted a new design 20” (500 mm) cutter suction dredge, the Series 2070 Dragon dredge.    Aiming to take advantage of modern, up-to-date

Boat with 40 African Migrants Arrives on Spanish Island

A boat containing around 40 African migrants including a toddler girl landed on a beach on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, sea rescue services said on Wednesday.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Offshore Oil Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | 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: 0.5035 sec (2 req/sec)