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Tractor Tugs 3-Day Course (TRAC TUG-3)

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3 Days

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Course Description

The three-day tractor course provides knowledge and practical training in the theory, operation, and application of Voith Schneider and Z-Drive or "Reverse" Tractors. The course covers a number of areas in both the classroom and on the shiphandling simulator to demonstrate the capabilities and limitations of tractors.

Prerequisites- Master or Mate of Towing Vessels.

Suggested Courses/Skills- None.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand how tractors could change the operation of your port by handling larger ship, reducing environmental restrictions, or by reducing the number of tugs required to handle a certain size ship
  • Provide you with the knowledge to define the maneuvering mission of your port, and then to choose the proper tractor to meet this standard
  • Tractor Commands and standard definitions
  • The course will discuss in detail all phases of tractor design and performance including the three significant phases in the Voith design and four phases of Z-Drive designs that have been developed in the last ten years.
  • Comparing tractor performance with conventional tugs
  • Demonstrate the benefits of and when to use the unique higher speed tractor tug maneuvers
  • What works and what doesn't when assisting or escorting ships
  • Chock and bitt strength issues
  • A review of the latest tractor techniques such as Tandem Tractors or "T2"

This course may be customized to incorporate company policies and procedures and / or combined with other training.   It may also be taught offsite.  For more information on how MITAGS-PMI can develop a “turn-key” training solutions for your organization, please call 1-866-656-5569 or e-mail

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