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Please, make Your payment for the reservation of the course not later than 2 banking days before the start of the course.
Date Time Cost
On request 08:30 to 17:00 USD 1 650.00 * Book online
* Payment in UAH equivalent, according to the commercial exchange rate on the payment date

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.


This course "Towing Operations" is certified
by Bureau Veritas certification company.

Target User:

Ships' Masters, officers and crews.

Course Prerequisites:


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

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

Course Duration:

5 days


Maximum 6


The course will be conducted in English or Russian depending on the customer's request.