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The following course, offered by Studying in Malta, will help you improve your
skills and achieve your professional goals. During the program you
will study different subjects which are deemed to be useful for
those who want to enhance their professional career. Sign up for
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The Tug Boat assistance course is designed for port Pilot to familiarize themselves with tug boat operations. The course highlights the advantages of azimuth stern drive tugs in harbour, including their limitations.

Pilots will have the opportunity to train on ASD tugs so that they will understand the capabilities and limitation of such tug boats when manoeuvring in the limited areas of the port.

Course Structure

Knowledge of what tug types are available in the port.
Understanding various tug types and their propulsion and steering system functions.
The bollard pull of tugs, ahead as well as astern.
Knowledge of how the different tug types operate when rendering assistance, including
the use of towlines and towing equipment.

Knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of tug types when rendering assistance and how the tugs can be used in the most advantageous way. This applies to situations when the ship is stopped in the water as well as when the ship is making headway or going astern.
Understanding of the interaction effects between tug and ship and insight into how interaction may affect tug performance and safety and how these influences can be minimised.
Apart from interaction effects, knowledge of the relationship between.