Advanced Harbour Towage / Escort Towage

This training program is a combination of theoretical lecturing, instruction, and practical training in the simulator on either conventional or Azimuthal propulsion tugs.

This course focuses on the tugs role in escorting ships at different speeds under different circumstances and environmental conditions in a safe and professional manner including:

  • Direct and Transverse arrest
  • Direct and indirect steering and changing between the modes 
  • Powered indirect 
  • Steering and braking forces 
  • Stability and dynamic stability 
  • Shifting from direct to indirect 
  • Shifting form indirect to direct
  • Connecting at high speed
  • Coping with and avoiding the influence of ship/tug interaction 
  • Avoiding and creating donkey effects 
  • Successful escort response factors 
  • Kinetic energy 
  • Speeding up manoeuvres

Course Entry Prerequisite

There are no formal entry requirements but it is expected that the candidates will have undergone prior tug training such as the Harbour Towage course and have a basic knowledge of stability.


The following certificate will be issued by AMC and Kotug Training and Consulting to participants who successfully complete* the course:

  • Advanced Harbour Towage / Escort Towage

*100% attendance, full participation and completion of all exercises is required.

  • Duration: 5 days

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