TUG & TOW OPERATING GUIDELINES
ANY ACUSHNET MARINE VESSEL OPERATING WITHIN THE PORT OF BOSTON

TOW RESPONSIBILITY
• All tows shall maintain their towing hawser length as short as possible, taking into consideration prudent seamanship and prevailing conditions;
• All tows must exercise extreme caution when conducting any transition in towing operations (when shifting from one towing mode to another) in the area of Boston Upper Harbor between Castle Island and the Mystic River/Chelsea Creek area;
• All tows entering the harbor from sea make their approach around the NC Buoy (stay to the landward side) and then enter the North Channel between #1 and #2, rather than directly heading for #1;
• It is recommended, taking into consideration prudent seamanship and prevailing conditions, that transition operations take place in Anchorage #2 inside Deer Island for all tows entering or leaving the Port of Boston;


VESSEL COMMUNICATION
• All mariners are reminded of the requirement to maintain a listening watch on Channel 13 VHF-FM as required by the “Bridge-to-Bridge Radio-Telephone Act.”
• Towing vessels that are operated from the aft control station are not exempt from this requirement. A handheld VHF radio satisfies the requirement;
• Additionally, mariners are advised that as per PP: 83.709 (b) “Use of the bridge to bridge transmitter on the navigational frequency shall be restricted to the Master or person in charge of the vessel, or the person designated by the Master or Person in charge to pilot or direct the movement of the vessel. COMMUNICATIONS SHALL BE OF A NAVIGATIONAL NATURE EXCLUSIVELY.”
• It is recommended that commercial vessel mariners maintain communications on Channel 13 VHF-FM to inform other vessels of intended actions, course alterations or towing activities.

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