Nota Bene (2) :
The prementioned vessels in Art. 57 and 58 have to prepare two Polypropelene ropes 16"(For vessels under 100,000 tons D.W.T. if their draught is over 47 feet. ) circumference to join the stern of the tug during stopping operations.
The ropes should be eye spliced to fit in the quick release hook on the tug with adequate length to give distance between fore of the tug and stern of the vessel at about 50 meters.
On the vessels, these ropes will be made fast on stern bitts port and starboard. Their eyes will be hanging over the stern about 2 meters above water and lashed with rope stoppers to break loose when necessary.
Responsibility in cases mentioned before : Either imposed or escorted tug, the Master is responsible for any damage that may happen to SC tugs, directly or indirectly during the voyage, whatever the reasons of the damage may be.