MAR Maritime Towage

Project Updates

10 September 2020

FINAL DRAFT CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT

The draft Training Package materials have undergone independent edit and quality assurance and can be accessed via the links below.

To view the final drafts, please click below.

Case for Endorsement Companion Volume Implementation Guide Mapping Attachments Document Qualification Skill Sets Units of Competency

The Case for Endorsement is scheduled to be submitted to the AISC in October 2020.

13 July 2020

FINAL DRAFT MATERIAL

The TAC has considered all stakeholder feedback and is now seeking validation of final draft materials.

Feedback on draft materials closed on Monday, 27 July 2020 for consideration by the TAC.

Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.

18 May 2020

Draft Material

The Maritime TAC has finalised draft materials for this project.

The TAC has developed three new Maritime Towing Skill Sets and three new Units of Competency to enable seafarers to attain the required skills and knowledge to carry out safe marine towage operations.

Feedback on draft materials closed on Monday, 15 June 2020 for consideration by the TAC.

Feedback will be collated and discussed at the next TAC meeting.

5 February 2020

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for this project is continuing the development of Training Package materials.

Draft material is expected to be available in April/May 2020 for public consultation and feedback.

5 August 2019

MARITIME SUBJECT MATTER EXPERTS NEEDED

Work on this project has commenced and the Maritime IRC is forming a TAC.

Your industry expertise and insight is welcome to develop a new Maritime Towing Skill Set and three new Units of Competency. The project’s outcomes will enable seafarers to attain the required skills and knowledge to safely tow vessels under routine and emergency conditions.

TAC nominations closed on Tuesday, 20 August 2019.

For more information about this project please contact the Industry Manager.

Background

Vessel towing has the potential to be catastrophic for not only the vessel being towed but also the towing vessel and the environment. Specific skills around vessel towing methods, towing equipment selection and required communications between vessels during towing operations is critical to the safety of vessels and all crew members onboard. Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and the maritime industry have requested the development of vocational skills in direct response to commercial vessel towing incidents that have recently occurred in Australian waters.

The Maritime Industry Reference Committee (IRC) proposed this project to develop a new Maritime Towing Skill Set and three new Units of Competency. The project’s outcomes will enable seafarers to attain the required skills and knowledge to safely tow other vessels under routine and emergency conditions. It will also incorporate environmental planning considerations, risk management procedures and safe maritime towing practices to ensure AMSA regulatory compliance.

The expected submission of the Case for Endorsement will be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) by 30 October 2020.

VIEW 2019 IRC SKILLS FORECAST

The Maritime IRC will have oversight of this project, which will be facilitated by Australian Industry Standards (AIS) in consultation with industry stakeholders. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will be formed for this project.

Regular updates will be posted on this page throughout the life of the project.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact Industry Manager Ron Horne.

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Ron Horne
Industry Manager
Email ron.horne@australianindustrystandards.org.au

Project Deliverables

The project will develop:

  • One new Skill Set and
  • Three new Units of Competency that provide the required skills and knowledge to safely tow other vessels under routine and emergency conditions.

It will also incorporate environmental planning considerations, risk management procedures and safe maritime towing practices to ensure AMSA regulatory compliance.

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