NEWS PMI Develops Z-Drive Tug Handling Program The Pacific Maritime Institute, in partnership with Captain Jeff Slesinger, developed and implemented a three-phase Zdrive Tug Handling Program. The program is oriented towards Captains and Mates that are experienced Tug Operators, but have little or no experience driving Zdrive tugs. Utilizing the Pacific Maritime Institute's state-of-the-art Tug Simulator, the Program guides operators through a series of "at sea" situations that are specifically designed to focus on and hone the specific skill sets required to operate a Zdrive tug. At the end of the nine-day course of instruction, operators come away with a fundamental understanding of, and an ability to perform, the unique boat handling skills required to maneuver Z-drive tugs in light tug, barge, and ship assist work. The impetus for developing this program came from the Pilots and Tug Operators at the Puget Sound Naval Station (PSNS), located in Bremerton, Wash. PSNS has embarked on an ambitious new-building project to replace their existing fleet of single-screw tugs with new 4,500-hp Azimuthing Stern Drive (ASD) Tugs. Part of this new-building project includes extensive training for both Naval Ship Pilots and Tug Operators. The PMI program is an integral part of the training process. "The PMI ASD simulator is a fantastic tool for the beginner ASD driver," said Jay M. Anderson, Port Captain, Port Operations for the Bremerton/Everett Office. "The graphics and the ASD simulator controls have an amazingly real time feel. After driving single and twin screw tugs for the last twenty-four years and reading some of the trade magazine horror stories about transitioning from conventional tugs to ASD, I was a little nervous and concerned that I might be one of those thirty percent that "wash out" and can't make the transition. " "The Tug Simulator is a great teaching tool" says Captain Slesinger. "It gives us the opportunity to provide the operators with a concentrated dose of boat handling experience in a very short time. A key to Z-drive tug handling is to "know your DIVERSIFIED Engine Exhaust Systems All of our cylindrical, low profile and spark arresting series engine exhaust silencers are available in limitless configurations and designed with the highest quality craftsmanship, performance, longevity and customer space constraints in mind. A.C. MARINE & INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO. AN AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF ANCHOR MARINE, HOUSTON, TEXAS. ATLANTIC CORDAGE CORPORATION, AVENEL, NEW JERSEY FENDERS FOAM-FILLED FENDERS WITH CHAIN & TIRES Maximum protection for Ships Wharves and Piers Construction complies with United States Navy and Coast Guard Specifications. Core consists of closed-cell, resilient, energy absorbing foam, covered with protective, seamless polyurethane elastomer skin. Will not mark or scratch vessel hulls. P.O. BOX 6277 Freehold, NJ 07728 TEL: (732) 577-8877 FAX: (732) 577-8881 ABS Certified Bureau Veritas Qualified ENGINE AND ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCTS 7700 SW 69th Ave · Portland OR 97223 800-394-7571 · Fax: 503-244-7589 www.harcomanufacturing.com email: email@example.com HARCO MANUFACTURING CO. EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTORS A.C. MARINE & INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO. email: firstname.lastname@example.org 18 · MarineNews · May, 2007
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