Introduction to Tug Operations and Safety
This free online course on the operations and features of a tugboat, as well as various welding and soldering processes.
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The introduction to tug operations and safety is a free online course that begins by introducing you to the operations of tugboats, and the types of tugboats operations. The course will also discuss the harbour tugs, oceangoing river tugs, as well as the responsibilities of tugs. Various types of tug operations, and task responsibilities during the tug operation, will be covered in this course. You will learn about the various modes of tug operation under different conditions of ship work. The course will also introduce you to the characteristics of the harbour tugs, tractor tugs, Azimuth stern drive (ASD) tugs, and how tugs are fitted out for rescue. The course will also examine how tugs can be found in higher concentrations near areas with both heavy shipping traffic and hazardous weather conditions. The course will explain how training can be recorded in the ship’s logbooks, precautions, and guiding principles that can assist the pilot in his decisions. Also, you will learn how aft tug can be used to breast the ship's stern in place of the spring line, and the important manoeuvre steps. The towing arrangements and equipment that should be confirmed, and how to carry out checks on the towing winch will be covered in this course.
The course then explains the various river work scenarios, along with how the towing gear can be used as a means of connecting tug and tow. The course will also describe the towline and terminal gear equipment of UTV, along with the components of the hydraulic oil system. You will also learn how pumps can be classified into different groups, as well as the important points on the oil properties. You will also learn about oil deterioration, oil contamination and oil filtration. This course will also describe the welding and cutting processes in tugboats, and the tools that are used for making permanent joints. The importance of current setting, length of the arc, and the angle of travel of the arc welding will also be covered in this course. This course will teach you about the oxy-acetylene gas welding process, the brazing process, and the sequential operations that should be performed before making a soldered joint. The course will also teach you about the process of cutting or enlarging a cylindrical hole in a solid material. The course will cover the classification of the soldering flux, the functions of the flux, as well as the application of the soldering iron. You will also learn about the important safety precautions that should be observed in the soldering process.
Furthermore, this course will help you get familiar with the design of the Windlass and Mooring winch, along with the process of the winch operation. You will learn about the typical complement of lines that can be found aboard tugs in ship work. You will also learn about the several key components of a towline system and the components of a functional and safe system. This course will teach you how the towing arrangements and equipment should conform and how to carry out the required checks on the towing winch. This course will teach you the concept of soldering, the applications of soldering as well as the advantages and the disadvantages of soldering. The application of heat and solder, flux application, and how to shape and fit different metal parts together will be explained in this course. The introduction to tug operations and safety course will help you improve your knowledge of a lathe, drilling, and tapping processes for repairs. This free online course will be of great interest to students, researchers, and anyone with an interest in understanding the various operations carried out on a tugboat. So, register for this course and start your next learning journey today.Start Course Now
Towing Vessel Operations
Towing Vessel Operations - Learning Outcomes
Operation of Tugboats
Rescue and Salvage Tugs
Towing Gear, Towing Safety and Record-keeping of Towing Gear
Towing Vessel Operations - Lesson Summary
Hydraulic Oil System
Hydraulic Oil System - Learning Outcomes
Hydraulic Oil System
Tools Use for Making Permanent Joints
Hydraulic Oil System - Lesson Summary
Upon the successful completion of this course, you should be able to:
- Identify the various types of tug operations, and responsibilities
- Outline the various modes of tug operations under different conditions of ship work
- Explain the use of various rigging, towing gears and their safe usage.
- List the tools and equipment used for cutting and welding on board.
- Identify the hazardous cargo and chemicals carried on tugs.
- Describe how to handle and store the hazardous items on board.
- Explain the additional requirement while towing oil or hazmat in bulk.
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