The Academy houses a range of Transas simulation equipment including:
Simulation briefing rooms, where preparation and debriefing of all exercises is carried out.
All simulators are the latest generation of the Wartsila Navi-Trainer Professional 5000 (NTPro 5000). They feature realistic ship consoles with a complete set of dedicated hardware controls and displays that address all key bridge functions.
The tug simulator is a key element of the SeaWays Global training programmes. It has been developed in close collaboration with Wartsila and comprises:
Hydrodynamic modelling accurately replicates the dynamic interaction between ship and tug. The high quality of simulation underpins Global’s ability to demonstrate and train 55 separate aspects of tug operations.
PB Towage consider SeaWays Tug Master training a significant competitive advantage, the same objective competency based standard delivering optimal safety and efficiency outcomes across their growing fleet. While the towage industry is seeing the power of tugs go up around the coast, it is not just bollard pull that Marine Pilots are looking for. Quality training, in particular of the Tug Master in conjunction with the Pilot is the key to the effective use of a modern, omni-directional tug.
It normally takes in the order of three months to train a new Tug Master. Even if you have a good training system, the cost of “live” training is prohibitive taking wages, fuel, weather and opportunity into account. The ability to replicate maneuvers in an advanced, well calibrated simulator, configured for specific port and vessel condition, allows the trainee to achieve the required level of competency in a fraction of the time.
Full mission simulation is the future of Tug Master Training and PB Towage recognise SeaWays as an international leader in the field.
The course content, structure and materials is all a credit to Seaways and the facility for the course is just fantastic.
The trainers experience and professionalism is unequaled and their complete understanding of our requirements at Barrow Island made the training so much easier.
I found the structure of the training very easy to understand with more hands on training than sitting in the class room, I for one adapted well to this environment.
Each trainer took time to ensure we fully understood each maneuver and spent extra time with us when required and allowed us free time alone to hone our skills on the controls, we all found this very beneficial.
A special mention must go to Steve Sandy, I can’t speak highly enough of this guy, his presentation and explanations of each section of the course was extremely easy to follow and watching him operate the tug controls was just incredible. He is quite a remarkable chap and an excellent trainer and of course his easy going nature makes him very approachable.
I highly recommend this training to all new and used tug Masters and would urge all Tug owners to put their Masters forward for this training.
“The seaways training course modules one and two is without doubt the most frustrating but yet rewarding courses I have attended.
I found an excellent balance between theory and practical. The training was delivered by a number of professional, dedicated and enthusiastic instructors, each of them leaders in the field of ASD and Harbour towage.
The training had a strong focus on ASD/Towage safety and provides you with the tools to respond positively to emergency situations”
I completed my Azimuth training with Seaways and cannot thank Arie enough for the knowledge he passed to me at that time.
Not only did we complete the hands on ASD training but covered aspects of professional development that still assist me in everyday operations.
We covered items like our company safety management system, which was still in its infancy, crew and client management, personnel management and of course the mantra of Authority, Control and Finesse.
I still refer to my training almost daily and always have my training manual at hand. I would highly recommend the Seaways training to any of my officers or anyone who was serious about becoming a professional ASD Tugmaster.
For anyone who has not had this brilliant training package, then I suggest you contact your Company and ask if this package could be made available to you, the booklets on the Modules alone are worth their weight in gold and something that you can refer to at anytime you like, like we say, you can never stop learning.
There are three principles that Seaways drum into you and if you remember them you will not go far wrong, they are as follows:- Authority, Total Control and Finesse. So once you have mastered the rudiments of the Training package you will drive with AUTHORITY, have TOTAL CONTROL of the VESSEL and the Situation and with that YOU will drive with FINESSE, what a lovely feeling and your Crew will feel safe as well, that’s all we/they want, to know they come and go home from work safely and Seaways Training does this by the bucket load.
Ps:- Happy Tugging.