Today, towing a large ship is fraught with potential hazards and accidents during towing operations are all too common. In port, tugs are often working in a restricted space with limited room for manoeuvre, while long distance offshore tows have their own particular problems. This course shows how the risks of a towing operation can be minimised through thorough preparation, effective teamwork and communication, and by adopting best practice in all procedures.
Ships' Masters, officers and crews.
After completing the course, trainees will understand the safety issues involved in towing operations. They will be able to plan and undertake a harbour towing operation using best safety practice, and will know the legal requirements for emergency towing. Trainees who complete Module 4 will also learn how to carry out an offshore towing operation safely.
Learn about the three-stage preparation process for a towing operation: exchange of information, planning, and risk assessment
Become familiar with different types of tug and the different types of towing assistance they offer
Learn best practice as regards equipment inspection and maintenance
Understand the importance of good planning and communication between all parties
Know how to make fast and let go safely
Learn the legal requirements for emergency towing arrangements and procedures
Understand the factors involved in offshore towing, with emphasis on checking and protecting towlines, and collision avoidance
Mode of Delivery
The course is a modular with theoretical and practical (simulator).
Module 1 - Carrying Out Safe Towing Operations Module 2 - Carrying Out a Safe Harbour Towing Operation Module 3 - Emergency Towing Arrangements Module 4 - Offshore Towing Operations