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TugBoat Handling Training


Providing pilots and tug captains with both theoretical and practical background knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of tugs.


Dates are set on request, based on the required minimum number of participants.



Certificate of training completion and attendance

Course Structure

Day 1: Theory

Day 2: Ship Simulator Training

Part 3: On job training (optional)



A high standard of competence is only achieved by Training. In defining competence, it can be said that competence is divided into two parts, Knowledge and Skills.

At MaritimeMT Training Centre, we focus on delivering knowledge to our candidates, gathered from our vast experience.

The skills required for tug handling are also an integral part of the training offered at MaritimeMT. We offer ‘on the job’ training to candidates attending ship/tug handling courses toward the end of the training.


Module 1, Simulation Training – Learning Objectives

The first Module is aimed for persons without theoretical & practical experience of Tug Handling. The scope of this Training Programme is to help Tug Masters gather further knowledge whilst aiming to give additional confidence and skills in their job. In this simulation training, we offer a selection of tugs, Azimuth Stern Drive, Tractor Tugs as well as conventional tugs. 

The introduction of environmental elements introduced will help the candidate appreciate the importance of quick decision taking during a manoeuvre.


Module 2; On Job Training (optional) – Learning Objectives

Delivering of information is of utmost importance. However, complementing to the theoretical tuition and the Simulation Training, we also suggest on job training which is carried out locally (Valletta or Marsaxlokk port depending on inbound/outbound traffic) of various type of vessels, from small Bulk carriers, Tankers, Passenger Ships and Container Ships as large as 400mtr. Although optional, we offer this part of the training on a complimentary basis (1 day).

Candidates are given the opportunity to be present onboard ships entering Marsaxlokk Port and Valletta Port (Malta) accompanied by the Pilot on duty.

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