Innovative Tug/Barge Training Begins At Maritrans GP

Maritrans GP, Inc., the managing general partner of Maritrans Operating Partners L.P., has expanded its industry-leading training initiative to include a new training program for its 140 tug captains and mates. Developed jointly by Maritrans and MarineSafety International, the training combines an aviation industry approach to safety awareness with tug/barge simulator exercises.

MarineSafety International is a professional training organization and operator of the Computer Aided Operations Research Facility CAORF) at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.

Maritrans Operating Partners L.P., headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., is one of the leading independent marine transporter of petroleum products in the U.S.

The objective of the training is to help prepare the tugboat operators to avoid groundings, collisions or other incidents which might result in injuries or oil spills. Application of Maritrans' bridge procedures, passage plans, personnel responsibilities and communications are stressed.

MarineSafety will conduct 15 carefully structured courses in 1991 for eight Maritrans deck officers each. The five-day course consists of five seminars which include classroom instruction, role playing, simulator exercises and debriefings. The seminars are focused on the underlying causes of human error: loss of situational awareness, lack of adequate passage planning, failure to recognize developing error chains, poor communications and failure to follow procedures.

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