CMA CGM and Coast Guard San Francisco test ultra-large container vessel CMA CGM CENTAURUS towing capabilities

CMA CGM CENTAURUS towing exercise

Coast Guard Sector San Francisco personnel and CMA CGM the third largest shipping group, along with other local industry partners, were testing the Bay Area’s capability to tow ultra-large container vessels during an exercise that was held Wednesday. The vessel used for this exercise was the CMA CGM CENTAURUS, a 11,400 TEU container ship measuring 365 meters.

The purpose of the towing demonstration was to test the capability of existing tug assets within San Francisco Bay to connect to and tow an ultra-large container vessel.

This was the first such attempt in the United States. The demonstration is intended as a learning experience conducted within the confines of the Bay to enhance preparedness for emergency towing operations either in the Bay or in the approaches to San Francisco.

« The Coast Guard is excited to be a part of this ground-breaking demonstration, » said Capt. Gregory Stump, Sector San Francisco commander.
« 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. »

Commenting on the operation, Marc Bourdon, President at CMA CGM America declared:

We are very proud to cooperate with the US Coast Guards and the San Francisco Harbor Safety Committee for this drilling exercise, which illustrates CMA CGM’s strong commitment to safety and security.

The CMA CGM Group is a leading and recognized industry player in the field of safety & security, and constantly aims to achieve the highest security standards at all times.

Exercise Sponsor: San Francisco Harbor Safety Committee


Exercise participants include: Sector San Francisco personnel and San Francisco Bar Pilots