US Coast Guard exercises towing Ultra Large Containership

By Curious

USCG has tested its capability of towing ultra large container ships. The San Francisco sector exercised on Wednesday with CMA CGM Centaurus (CMA CGM is the third largest shipping group in the world). The exercise was supported by local industry partners.

The demonstration was the first such attempt in the US. It aimed testing the capability of the existing San Francisco Bay tug assets to connect and tow those kind of vessels. It intended to be a learning exercise in the range of the Bay to boost readiness for emergency operations. 

The commander of Sector San Francisco and Captain of the Port of San Francisco,  Capt. Gregory Stump, commented:

"The Coast Guard is excited to be a part of this groundbreaking demonstration. This is a prime example of the forward-leaning posture of the San Francisco Bay Area Harbor Safety Committee and a testament to the commitment of our maritime community to safety and environmental protection.”

Coast Guard Cmdr. Jason Tama, 11th Coast Guard District prevention division, is aware that there will be many important lessons learned from the towing exercise.  

 “It was a great example of the Coast Guard, Harbor Safety Committee, and maritime industry working together to ensure we are ready to respond to an incident involving an ultra large container vessel,” he added. 

The President of CMA CGM America, Marc Bourdon, was very proud his company was chosen for the demonstration. He commented:

“We are very proud to cooperate with the U.S. Coast Guard and the San Francisco Harbor Safety Committee for this drilling exercise, which illustrated CMA CGM’s strong commitment to safety and security.”

The CMA CGM is recognized as a leading industry player in the safety and security field. Bourdon added that his company constantly aims to reach the highest standards for security.  

CMA CGM Centaurus (IMO number 9410777 and MMSI 235076681) is a 11.400 TEU container ship registered in the United Kingdom. The dwt 128,550-ton vessel was built in 2011. Its length is 364 m. Last position of CMA CGM Centaurus.  

Photo: USCG