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Commodore Paul Robinson Royal Navy appointed Chief Operating Officer of SeaWays Global

Portsmouth, UK– April 2019 SeaWays Global is excited to announce that Commodore Paul Robinson, Royal Navy has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, SeaWays Global as of 13 March 2019. Paul has over 40 years of experience in maritime business. After a full career in the Royal Navy, including several command positions, he moved to the […]

ROB’S ROPES by Rob Underhill

This time I want to talk about the care and maintenance of tow rope. In particular DYNEEMA (HMPE – High Modulus PolyEthylene). Your tow rope system is, contrary to what an engineer or naval architect may tell you, the most important piece of kit on your tug. Without it, all you can do is look […]

HOW IT ALL STARTED: Belinda O’Connor, Smit Lamnalco

My name is Belinda O’Connor. I am based in the most beautiful part of Australia in Townsville, North Queensland with the Great Barrier Reef on my doorstep. I have been in the maritime industry for 34 years since I was 18 years old. I was very fortunate to start my marine career working on the […]

ITS Convention Marseille 2018

Traveling from far and wide, we all met again earlier this year at the not-to-be-missed, biennial International Tug and Salvage Convention and Exhibition. This year’s event was held in Marseille, France. Take a peek for yourselves at and look for ITS 2018 Marseille in the menu. This was the 50th year that ITS has […]

A new tug training and simulation partnership

The United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC) based in Rhode Island, USA is pleased to announce a new tug training and simulation partnership with SeaWays Global Ltd which is homeported in Portsmouth, UK. Under this partnership, SeaWays Global will deliver its world-class tug master and pilot training, tugboat simulation, auditing and assessment services at USMRC’s […]

KASI and SeaWays Global training

KASI Malaysia, with headquarters in Kota Kinabalu, has successfully delivered the first two SeaWays Global ASD module 1 for tug masters, as part of a 2-year contract to deliver SeaWays Modules 1, 2 and 3 for all the BPSB Tug Masters. Bintulu Port is geographically situated midway between Kuching, Sarawak and Kota Kinabalu along the […]

SeaWays Global has signed a long-term partnering agreement with the USMRC

SeaWays Global has signed a long-term partnering agreement with The United States Maritime Resource Center (USMRC). According to the partnership, SeaWays Global will deliver its world class tug master and pilot training, tugboat simulation, auditing and assessment services at USMRC’s maritime simulation centre  near Newport, Rhode Island, US.  Capt Neil Sadler, managing director for the […]

How it all started: Mike Foulkes of Seaspan Marine

I was introduced to tow boating through a family friend. Ted Davis owned a small yarding tug out of New Westminster and needed occasional help on weekends. Ted was a patient man and made the job fun and interesting. The food was good too and as a bonus he even paid me! At the time […]

How it all started: Jamie Peever of Seaspan Marine

My name is Jamie Peever and I am proud to say that I am the third generation of my family to work as a Tugboat Captain. My first real experience was with my father aboard the Sea Cap 3 in 1989. It was a day that left a lasting impression on me and later influenced […]

Considerations regarding tug towline forces onto ship’s deck fittings

MARKINGS ON SHIP’S FITTINGS Types of markings stamped on ship’s fittings: SWL = The safe working load for mooring lines. TOW = The safe working load for a tug’s towline. ETB = Emergency Towing Bitts (usually found on tankers & LNG Carriers) kN = Rule of thump is insert one decimal place to convert to […]

Seaways travels to the South Pacific

SeaWays Global were delighted to have been successful in a recent tender by the Port of Papeete to deliver on water training to 5 Tug Masters on board their new Damen 2810 ASD, Aito Nui II. Papette is the capital and largest city in French Polynesia and has the main passenger cruise ship terminal. The […]

Operating controllable pitch propellers (CPP) in Kort Nozzles

Preamble There needs to be a good understanding by tug masters of the Controllable Pitch Propeller (CPP) and how it performs inside a Kort Nozzle. Most tugs with CPP when engaged in towage operations will operate in the Combination Mode setting, whereby the propeller pitch is linked to the engine RPM. Move the throttle control […]

SeaWays Global signs 5-year, multi-million dollar contract with Seaspan Marine

Seaspan Marine announced today that it has entered into a 5-year, multi-million dollar agreement with SeaWays Global, a UK-based provider of marine training and tugboat simulations. As part of this partnership, SeaWays will offer sophisticated, competency-based marine training and tugboat simulation in support of the Seaspan’s ship escort, ship assist and towing services.     […]


In this interview Amber Thomson, Mate/Trainee tug master of Port Hedland WA shares her experience in the towage industry with us. Could you please introduce yourself and comment a bit more about your maritime background? Hi, my name is Amber Thomson, I am 34 and have been in the marine industry for 12 years. I started […]