Tug regulations for the Port of Gothenburg

Special tug regulations are in place at the Port of Gothenburg according to the Bye-Laws of Port of Gothenburg 20§.

The tug regulations in Port of Gothenburg are developed in consultation with the Swedish Maritime Administration and stipulates number of tugboats during arrival and departure in Port of Gothenburg. They are calculated for normal current conditions and wind force of max 10 m/s.

When exceeding these normal conditions or other circumstances that could appear, it might be necessary to increase the number of tugboats. The Pilot decides in consultation with the captain in each case how a planned vessel operation can be performed with sufficient safety margins. Regarding high efficient rudder, it is a high-lift rudder creating effective side force and minimum force forward. A high efficient rudder may be a Schilling-, Becker Flap rudder or a type of rudder with similar functionality. All rudders named high efficient rudder don't create enough side force why the Port Authority, in consultation with the Swedish Maritime Administration Gothenburg pilot area, reserves the right to the definition and assessment of a high efficient rudder.
 
Future development of the tug regulations must be in consultation with the Swedish Maritime Administration, Gothenburg pilot area.

Escort towing is compulsory at the Port of Gothenburg for tankers of more than 30,000 tonnes. The towing company at the Port of Gothenburg, Svitzer, can offer this service. Vessels that are subject to compulsory escort towing must comply with the OCIMF (Oil Companies International Maritime Forum) recommendations.

For detailed information about which rules apply regarding escort towing of tankers at the Port of Gothenburg, see our General Port Regulations.

Continue reading below for detailed specifications per port area.

Tor Harbour - arriving vessels

Number of tugs
LOA (m)   Bowthruster

Bowth. +
high efficient 
rudder

Bowth. + stern 
thruster alt. azipod
Bowth.+ 2 prop.
& 2 rudder
100-139 1 1 1 1 1
140-179 2 1 1 1 1
180-239 3 2 2 2 2
240-289 4

3

2 2 2
290- 4* 4* 4* 4* 4*

*Each tugboat with a capacity of at least 50 ton BP (bollard pull).

 

Tor Harbour - departing vessels

Number of tugs
LOA (m)   Bowthruster Bowth. + 
high efficient 
rudder
Bowth. + stern 
thruster alt. azipod
Bowth.+ 2 prop.
&  2 rudder
100-139 1 1 1 1 1
140-179 2 1 1 1 1
180-239 2 2 2 2 2
240-289

3

2 2 2 2
290- 4* 4* 4* 4* 4*

*Each tugboat with a capacity of at least 50 ton BP (bollard pull).


Arendal, Skandia and  Älvsborg Harbours - arriving vessels

(Note: Does not apply berth 600-601, scroll further down the page for separate chart).

Number of tugs
LOA (m)   Bowthruster Bowthruster + 
high efficient rudder
Bowthruster + stern thruster
alt. azipod
Bowthruster+ 2 propeller 
and 2 rudder
120-139 1 0 0 0 0
140-249 2 1 1 (0*) 0 0
250-349 3 2 1 0 0
350- 3 2 2 1 (0**) 2 (1**)

* Vessel LOA <180 metres.
** Vessel draft <10 metres.

 

Arendal, Skandia and Älvsborg Harbours - departing vessels

(Note: Does not apply berth 600-601, scroll further down the page for separate chart).

Number of tugs
LOA (m)   Bowthruster Bowthruster + 
high efficient rudder
Bowthruster + stern thruster
alt. azipod
Bowthruster+ 2 propeller 
and 2 rudder
120-139 1 0 0 0 0
140-249 2 1 1 (0*) 0 0
250-349 2 1 1 0 0
350- 2 1 1 0 1

* Vessel LOA <180 metres.


Berths 600-601 - arriving vessels

Number of tugs
LOA (m)   Bowthruster Bowthruster + 
high efficient rudder
Bowthruster + stern thruster
alt. azipod
Bowthruster+ 2 propeller 
and 2 rudder
120-139 1 0 0 0 0
140-189 2 1 1 (0*) 0 0
190-
0-4 m/s
2 2 (1**) 2 (1**) 2 (1**) 2 (1**)

190-
4-12 m/s

3 2 2 2 2
190-
12-16 m/s
3 120 tonnes BP*** 120 tonnes BP*** 120 tonnes BP*** 120 tonnes BP***

* Vessel LOA <180 metres.
** If berth 520 is not occupied.
The anemometer at "Karet" is to be used as a reference point.
When three (3) tugs are used, loading/discharging at berths 520 and 521 must be stopped. 
*** The total force from the tugboats shall at least match this BP (Bollard Pull).
No arrivals are permitted for vessels >190 metres when the mean wind speed is more than 16 m/s.


Berths 600-601 - departing vessels

Number of tugs
LOA (m)   Bowthruster Bowthruster + 
high efficient rudder
Bowthruster + stern thruster
alt. azipod
Bowthruster+ 2 propeller 
and 2 rudder
120-139 1 0 0 0 0
140-189 2 1 1 (0*) 0 0
190-
0-10 m/s
2 1 1 1 1

190-
10-16 m/s

3 2 2 2 2
190-
16-18 m/s
3 150 tonnes BP** 150 tonnes BP** 150 tonnes BP** 150 tonnes

* Vessel LOA <180 metres.
The anemometer at "Karet" is used as a reference point. 
When three (3) tugs are used, loading/discharging at berths 520 and 521 must be stopped.
** The total force from the tugboats shall at least match this BP (Bollard Pull).

Departure in wind speed of >18 m/s for vessels >190 metres may be permitted after a risk analysis is conducted in consultation with the Harbour Master and the Manager of Gothenburg pilot area. 
 

Skarvik and Rya Harbours - arriving vessels
Berth 509: 
Vessel LOA (Length Over All) ≥ 120 m and wind speed ≥ 12 m/s (mean wind at ”Karet”) is the use of tugboat compulsory.
Berth 551: scroll further down the page for separate chart

Number of tugs
LOA (m)   Bowthruster Bowthruster + 
high efficient rudder

Bowthruster + stern thruster
alt. azipod

Bowthruster+ 2 propeller 
and 2 rudder
120 -139 1 0 0 0 0
140-179 2 1 (0*) 0 0 0
180-209 3 1 0 0

210-

4 3 2 1 1

* For vessels LOA <145 m to berth 510, 511, 519, 520 and 521, and equipped with bow thruster and CPP (Controllable Pitch Propeller). 

 

Skarvik and Rya Harbour - departing vessels 
Berths 510 & 519: 
Increase the number of tugs with one (1) if draught ≥ 10 metres. 
Berth 551: scroll further down the page for separate chart.

Number of tugs
LOA (m)   Bowthruster Bowthruster + 
high efficient rudder
Bowthruster + stern thruster
alt. azipod
Bowthruster+ 2 propeller 
and 2 rudder
120 -139 1 0 0 0 0
140-179 2 (0*, **) 0 0 0
180-209 2 1 1 0 0

210-

3 2 1 0 0

* For vessels LOA <145 m from berth 510, 511, 519, 520 and 521, and equipped with bow thruster and CPP (Controllable Pitch Propeller). 
** For vessels LOA <170 m and equipped with bow thruster and CPP (Controllable Pitch Propeller),the vessel can leave without a tug, if bow is heading towards the fairway.

 

Berth 551- arriving vessels
Berth 551: Use of tugboat is compulsory when wind speed  ≥  12m/s (mean wind at "Karet").
Berth 551: For all gas tankers without bowthruster the use of one (1) tugboat is compulsory.

Number of tugs
LOA (m)   Bowthruster Bowthruster + 
high efficient rudder

Bowthruster +
azipod

Bowthruster+ 2 propeller 
and 2 rudder
100-119 1 1 (0*) 1 (0*) 0 0
120-139 2 1 (0*) 0 0
140- 2 1 1 0 0

* If the draft <7.3 metres at MW.

 

Berth 551- departing vessels 
Berth 551: Use of one (1) tugboat is compulsory when wind speed is  ≥  15 m/s (mean wind at "Karet").
Berth 551: For all gas tankers without bowthruster the use of one (1) tug is compulsory. 

Number of tugs
LOA (m)   Bowthruster Bowthruster + 
high efficient rudder
Bowthruster +
azipod
Bowthruster+ 2 propeller 
and 2 rudder
100-119 1 1 (0*,**) 1 (0*,**) 0 0
120-139 2 1 (0**) 1 (0*, **) 0 0
140- 2 1 1 (0***) 0 0

* If the draft <7.3 metres at MW.
** If the vessel's bow is pointing towards the fairway regardless draft.
*** f the vessel's bow is pointing towards the fairway and the draft is <7.3 m at MW.

 


Inner Harbour - arriving vessels

Number of tugs
LOA (m)   Bowthruster Bowthruster + 
high efficient rudder
Bowthruster + stern thruster
alt. azipod
Bowthruster+ 2 propeller 
and 2 rudder
120-139 1 0 0 0 0
140-179 2 1 0 0 0
180-209 3 2 2 0 0

210-

4 3 3 1 1

 

Inner Harbours - departing vessels

Number of tugs
LOA (m)   Bowthruster Bowthruster + 
high efficient rudder
Bowthruster + stern thruster
alt. azipod
Bowthruster+ 2 propeller 
and 2 rudder
120-139 1 0 0 0 0
140-179 2 1 0 0 0
180-209 3 1 1 0 0

210-

4 2 2 1 1

 

Gotenius - dry docking arrival of vessels

Number of tugs
LOA (m)   Bowthruster Bowthruster + 
high efficient rudder
Bowthruster + stern thruster
alt. azipod
Bowthruster+ 2 propeller 
and 2 rudder
0-110 2 1 0 0 0



Gotenius - dry docking departing vessels

Number of tugs
LOA (m)   Bowthruster Bowthruster + 
high efficient rudder
Bowthruster + stern thruster
alt. azipod
Bowthruster+ 2 propeller 
and 2 rudder
0-110 1 0 0 0 0



 


This information was last updated on February 13th 2017.