Maritime Pilots are professional ship handlers, offering their services to any ship calling into their port/area. They are responsible for a safe and efficient passage, maneuvering in confined areas and subsequent berthing/unberthing of all vessels in that area. To do that, they make use of all navigational equipment and resources at their disposal, mostly found onboard of the vessel under pilotage.
One of the external resources available are tugs. Maritime Pilots undergo a high level of training after they’ve already served many years as a Ship’s Master. Unfortunately, the “tug module” is not always present as a core component of the curriculum. Insufficient knowledge on tug use leads to downgrading a valuable tool into a vector quantity, the outcome of which carries a high degree of uncertainty.
Highest level of training by Maritime Pilots
Trimco is specialized in courses relating to ship handling under tug assistance at various levels. The highest achievable level of ship handling under tug assistance is carried out by Maritime Pilots on a daily basis. Trimco is proud to maintain an ongoing commitment with all pilot associations in North-West Germany to help fine-tune their competences and performances during annual courses. The objective of these courses is to familiarize the pilots with the competences, effectiveness and most importantly the limitations of the tug. All courses carry a great deal of theory and are supported by full mission simulators