- Course Type:
- STCW ➜ Additional STCW courses
- Training School:
- LJMU Maritime Centre
- Birkenhead, Wirral, United Kingdom
- 5 days
Escort Towage and Tug Operations
LJMU Maritime Centre was the first in the UK to have a full active escort tug simulator which is an enhancement of the existing 360° full mission ship handling simulator. The new tug simulator was developed in a collaboration between Shell UK Ltd, Svitzer Marine and Wirral Waterfront – an initiative funded by the North West Development Agency.
George Franklin, Marine Manager at Shell's Stanlow refinery, commented about this facility by saying:
"The new upgraded facility will not only provide an important training and competence development tool for the key players involved in the safe passage of tankers bound for Shell's Tranmere Oil Terminal, but will also contribute towards enhanced risk management on the Mersey River".
Svitzer Marine Limited, a member of the AP Moller Group of companies, was another of the key funders in this project. Managing Director Stuart McNiven commented at the time that:
"Safety is paramount in the Svitzer Marine organisation and any Project which enhances safety of marine operation is deserving of our support. We are proud to support this initiative in one of our key ports".
The Centre’s Tug Simulator allows tug masters to learn how to escort large ships in a completely safe simulated environment. Ship owners, tug operators, marine pilots and shore authorities can work through a variety of what-if scenarios with the aim of reducing the risk of a serious incident, especially when it comes to the protection of the marine environment.