Faculty Advisor

Fofana, Mustapha S.

Faculty Advisor

Orr, John A.

Project Center

Washington, DC


The purpose of this project was to examine the current status of emergency towing vessel response times in regards to the Coast Guard regulation 33 CFR 155.4030 (e). In working alongside Coast Guard personnel, we have developed a comprehensive understanding of issues including the dynamic condition of the tugboat industry, inconsistencies among response methods, and inadequate information available on response vessels. From these findings an automated prototype database was created to improve the efficiency of dispatching an appropriate response vessel with the use of an easily understandable, color-coded output page. In addition, recommendations were included in a final report to further develop the prototype.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2012

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering