The US Coastguard make experiments with a new emergency towing system (ETS) package for delivery to disabled ships.
The Coast Guard, collaborating with members of the local commercial fishing and tugboat industry, made experiments with Thirteenth Coast Guard District’s new Emergency Towing System some weeks ago.
The ETS is a prestaged package of equipment that would be carried to a disabled ships requiring assistance. The kit can be deployed from a tugboat or helicopter and has parts of a lightweight high performance towline, a messenger line used in deploying the towline, a lighted buoy, and chafing gear.
The ETS program was born following the near grounding of the motor ship Salica Frigo on March 9, 2007 in Unalaska Bay, Alaska, but this test exercise marked the beginning of its use in the open sea of Washington and Oregon.
People on board the Tongue Point Job Corps training ship Ironwood assisted with the drill and received hands on training with the kit after it was deployed by an MH-60 helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria.