The training is adjusted according to the tug type, the participants’ level of experience and any other specific requirements of the client.

Level two

At level two, the participants learn safe handling of not only their own tug but of the whole towing operation. They learn how to prevent accidents and errors. They will also have the chance to refresh procedures from the level one course: towing of “cold” vessels, in and out of dry-dock, and escort towing. The participants will also experience the operation from the point of view of the pilot and captain by carrying out the manoeuvring from the bridge of the assisted vessel.

Note: If marine pilot(s) participate (recommendable), they will also experience the operation seen from the tug and interact with the participating tug masters during sessions and debriefings to improve cooperation and teamwork.

References: STCW including 2010 Manila amendments, 2017 edition. Table A-II/1 and A-II/2.

Currently we offer training in the following tug types:

  • Conventional, single and twin propeller 
  • Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) 
  • Rotor tug
  • Voith Schneider
  • Carousel tug

Goals and objectives

The participants will enhance their knowledge and skills in safe tug manoeuvring under normal as well as extraordinary operations.

Customised tug training

The training is highly flexible as the content can be adjusted to the wishes, qualifications and experience of the participants. Special emphasis on for example escort towage can be included.

We train both new and experienced crews. We also arrange training of special operations with up to four interactive tugs cooperating in the same operation.

A certificate is issued upon completion of the course.

Tug handling level 1

Tug handling level 3