Oval towing for assistance at higher speeds



Mampaey Offshore Industries B.V., Dordrecht, the Netherlands


The Dutch have always been on the forefront of innovation when it comes to towage. This is once again underscored by Mampaey Offshore Industries with a new towage system called ‘dynamic oval towing’ (DOT®).

With over 100 years of experience Mampaey Offshore Industries have grown to be the world leader in Safe Mooring and Towing Systems. Their latest improvement is in response to the recent demand to enhance the performance, safety and controllability of tug assistance at higher speeds.

This is achieved by optimising the tugs’ towline attachment by means of a 360º all around towing system.

Changes in ship assistance

Precious time in ports can be saved if the speed at which vessels are assisted is increased.

Tug operators are constantly facing a dilemma between ever increasing assisting speed and the safety of the tug and crew. If the speed is too high, the tug will lose control and encounters a serious risk of capsizing.

Time pressure causes a serious threat not only for the safety of the tug, but for the assisted ship with cargo as well. By making use of the DOT system, not only can the towing performance be increased, but it can also be accomplished with safe and controlled handling, at higher speeds.

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