MAR Maritime Towage

Project scope

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.

 

VIEW 2019 IRC SKILLS FORECAST

 

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.

Timeline

The Case for Endorsement is expected to be submitted to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee by 30 October 2020.

How to get involved

A Technical Advisory Committee will be formed to provide expertise for this work. If you have any questions about this project, or are a subject matter expert and would like to be considered for the TAC for this project, please contact the Industry Manager.

 

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.

 

 

Technical advisory committee

 

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.

Consultation

 

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.

 

Summary of development

 

Draft units, skill sets and/or qualifications are developed in consultation with Subject Matter Experts and industry stakeholders.

 

Initial drafting of Training Package material (Units of Competency, Skill Sets and/or qualifications) is being undertaken by a Technical Advisory Committee established by the IRC. Comprising people with diverse expertise and experience in Maritime Towage, it has ensured that the draft Units are informed by the needs of industry.

 

 

Quality Assurance

 

10 SEPTEMBER 2020

 

FINAL DRAFT CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT

 

The draft Training Package materials have undergone independent edit and quality assurance.

 

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

 

Consultation

 

13 JULY 2020

 

DRAFT MATERIAL 

 

The Maritime TAC has finalised draft materials for this project and would like your feedback.

 

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

 

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

 

Summary of feedback

 

  • Include hydrodynamic interaction as an essential area of understanding for those conducting towage operations
  • Remove reference to IMDG as it is contained in MARPOL
  • 3 should read “Tow lines are adjusted as directed by the Master”
  • unit has good points about the method of towing and description of towage operations. Why not include the same
  • In these skill sets, and in future maritime units, it is essential that training include reference to WHS legislation, Safety Management Systems and relevant codes of practice including OSH(MI) and the Code of practice for Health and Safety in Shipboard work, including Offshore Support Vessels.

 

Endorsement

 

29 JANUARY 2021

 

The Maritime Training Package Release 7.0 has been endorsed by Skills Ministers for implementation.

 

The Maritime Industry Reference Committee, with the support of Technical Advisory Committees, has revised the Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal) and developed new Units of Competency and Skill Sets for specialist maritime operations.

 

The revised Training Package enables workforce mobility and supports the development of specialised career pathways for Dynamic Positioning Operators, Compass Adjusters and Maritime Towage.

 

Maritime Towage – three new Skill Sets and three new Units of Competency have been developed to establish the skills and knowledge required by Masters, Engineers and deckhands to conduct marine towage operations.

 

To read more about the drivers for this project, please click on the Project overview tab.

 

To support the delivery of the Training Package, a Companion Volume Implementation Guide (CVIG) has been developed to assist assessors, trainers, Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and enterprises. The CVIG contains a comprehensive list of all products in the Training Package; mapping information which details the changes that have been made to the materials; regulation and licensing implications; and useful links to other information.

 

The approved Maritime Training Package Release 7.0 is now available on training.gov.au.

 

This release includes the below listed projects:

 

The following materials were approved:

 

Two revised (2) qualifications

MAR10220 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal)

MAR50320 Diploma of Maritime Operations

 

Seven (7) new skill sets

MARSS00035 Assist Marine Towage Operations Skill Set

MARSS00036 Basic Operations for Dynamic Positioning Skill Set

MARSS00037 Compass Adjuster Limited Skill Set

MARSS00038 Compass Adjuster Unlimited Skill Set

MARSS00039 Dynamic Positioning Operator Skill Set

MARSS00040 Perform Marine Towage Operations Skill Set

MARSS00041 Plan Marine Towage Operations Skill Set

 

Ten (10) new Units of Competency

MARB050 Adjust a magnetic compass

MARB051 Apply elements of magnetic compass adjusting

MARB052 Apply knowledge of the principles of magnetic compass adjusting

MARF048 Plan marine towage operations

MARH025 Apply knowledge of dynamic positioning fundamentals

MARH026 Apply knowledge of dynamic positioning operations

MARH027 Apply knowledge of dynamic positioning systems

MARH028 Conduct dynamic positioning operations

MARH029 Perform marine towage operations

MARN017 Assist with marine towage operations

 

Three (3) revised Units of Competency

MARB053 Assist with routine maintenance on a commercial vessel

MARG012 Work as part of a crew on a commercial vessel

MARN016 Apply general purpose hand skills aboard a commercial vessel

 

Approval

 

16 DECEMBER 2020

 

At its meeting on 2 December 2020 the AISC approved the Maritime Training Package (Release 7.0) for referral to the Skills Ministers for endorsement.

 

For more information on this project, please contact the Industry Skills Specialist.

 

Submission

 

27 OCTOBER 2020

CASE FOR ENDORSEMENT SUBMITTED TO AISC

 

The draft Training Package materials have been submitted to the AISC.

 

Case for Endorsement

 

Thank you to all stakeholders who provided valuable feedback and contributed to this project.

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Anna Jerrems

Industry Skills Specialist - Maritime

 

 

Email: Anna.Jerrems@aistnds.org.au

Phone: 0459 031 101