The Marine Pilots will get an improved understanding of the possibilities and limitations of tug operations. They will also learn to assure a good communication between pilots and tug masters during manoeuvring exercises.

The Marine Pilots will get an improved understanding of the possibilities and limitations of tug operations. During manoeuvring exercises they will learn to assure a good communication between pilots and tug masters during.

Goals & objectives

The purpose of this course is to enhance the Marine Pilot’s understanding of the possibilities and challenges related to tug operations as well as to give tools to ensure a good communication between Tug Master and Pilot during specific maneuvering exercises.

Course description

The course consists of theory lectures that are supported by training exercises in the simulators, 

Content

Theory:

  • Hydrodynamic elements
  • The influence of the pivot point 
  • Hazardous situations when towing
  • Towing lines
  • Transversal arrest
  • Escort towing
  • Use of conventional, Azimuth Stern Drive, Voith Schneider and Rotor Tugs
  • Emergencies
  • Human factors; communicating with and giving orders to the tugs 
Sailing exercises:
  • Manoeuvring different types of tugs; Azimuth Stern Drive tugs
  • Escort towing
  • Handling emergencies
This course substitutes our StS part 1 course.

References: IMO Resolution A.960(23) part 5.5.6.