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Working with Tugs Training Course

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.

Target User

Ships' Masters, officers and crews. It may also be used by tug personnel in training colleges.

Course Outcomes

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
  • 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

Course Duration Approx 5 hours

Module and Final Test

At the end of each Module there is a test to check knowledge of the material within the Module. At the end of each Module there is a test to check knowledge of the material within the Module and a Final Test comprising questions from all the modular tests. These interactive tests are taken online and the scores are recorded to our secure online database. There is also provision to print test certificates for your records. The final test completion certificate should be printed and authenticated* by a supervisor before being submitted to Videotel.

Standard Level Certification

Assessment is based on the Final Test.
A certificate will be issued by Videotel for such work if it is of the required standard and the Final Test is authenticated*.

* 'Authentication' should be understood as: a senior representative of a registered shipping company involved in ship manning or ship management activities. For further information contact Videotel.


*For an up-to-date list of Flag State approvals, please refer to Videotel website at www.videotel.com