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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.     […]

WOMEN IN TOWAGE

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 […]

Understanding HSEQ and Compliance in the Towage Industry

For quite some time I have been concerned about the lack of knowledge regarding occupational Health, Safety, Environment & Quality Assurance (HSEQ) in the towage sector by masters, superintendents, and operational managers.  Traditionally many of our personnel are recruited from the fishing industry, white-boat industry or off the deck. Hence their formal training and subsequent […]

KASI Malaysia Sdn Bhd and SeaWays Global announce partnership

KASI Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a leading provider of integrated marine solutions, and SeaWays Global, a global leader in tugmaster and pilot training, have announced a strategic partnering agreement. With this new partnership, KASI Sdn Bhd customers will gain access to the only tug master training program accredited by the ClassNK Accreditation Society. The companies identified […]

Tug Master Training in New Zealand

The SeaWays Module 1, ASD Tug Handling and Module 2, Undertaking Harbour Towage courses were due to commence within the New Zealand Maritime School, Auckland on Monday 19th June. Given the total flying time of 24 hours from London to Auckland with an additional 3-hour stopover in Dubai I opted to head south on the late-night […]

It’s a tug crews dream tug

With Super Yachts getting increasingly bigger and more expensive, berthing them has become a major issue for Captains and to the expense of the owners when it does not go to plan. What could help? Well, the first Super Tug could be the answer. We had the huge pleasure of being shown around the RT […]

Towage in Orkney

Michael Allan of Orkney Towage Ltd shared his story with us. After starting off my seagoing career on cargo vessels and gaining my mates ticket I joined Orkney Towage in 1995. I started off on deck as an AB before moving up to mate. I feel starting off as deckhand really helped me understand the […]

World’s Youngest

A 23 year-old SeaWays trainee, Daniel Watt, has become the youngest ever ASD tug master accredited by SeaWays Consultants. Daniel successfully completed the ASD Tug Handling course conducted in Australia and received his training and certificate of achievement from Capt. Arie Nygh. Big congratulations from us all at SeaWays, Daniel. P.S.: Just for clarity – […]

Industry Opinion: Naoki Saito of Classnk on Tug Master Training

In this interview, ClassNK’s Head of Maritime Training and Human Element Naoki Saito talks in-depth about the tug master training, and why he thinks the training is so important. Captain Naoki Saito, how did you come to work with ClassNK and what are your particular responsibilities at ClassNK? In my first career in the maritime industry, […]

Simulation and Training Facility

Outstanding centre  Aiming to provide the best possible training experience, SeaWays Global has chosen a new simulation and training facility for its simulation-based courses. A world-class training centre, located at the Transas Academy’s facilities at the Lakeside North Harbour in Portsmouth, boasts first class equipment, latest software, newest technologies and highly realistic visualisation of the […]