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Mariners Learning System™ Towing Endorsement Course Overview

Discussion in 'Trips and Marketplace for Captains' started by MarinersSchool, May 18, 2010.

  1. MarinersSchool

    MarinersSchool Captain

    This Mariners Learning System™ USCG-approved online course is for those who hold an OUPV or 25/50/100 Ton Master License and would like to engage in assisting vessels for a fee.

    To "commercially assist" other vessels that may be aground, disabled or out of fuel, or experiencing some other malfunction requires an endorsement for Commercial Assistance Towing.

    Following the course completion you will be given a written examination to demonstrate your knowledge of assistance towing, safety, equipment and procedures. Upon successfully passing your exam, a Mariners Learning System™ certificate will be issued that is recognized by the USCG as satisfying the testing requirements.

    To view an online demo of a Mariners Learning System online course:

    Last edited: May 18, 2010
  2. MarinersSchool

    MarinersSchool Captain

    The Mariners Learning System™ suite of Coast Guard approved online courses has been built so that you receive the same lectures that you would get in a classroom setting. However, by being online, you now have the additional advantage of being able to listen to the lecture as many times as you wish, whenever you want and anywhere you have access to the internet. This is a true anywhere, anytime learning solution!

    A popular feature of the Mariners Learning System™ online program is the use of on demand instructional video files that act like a personal tutor. Here course topics are taught via on demand video. You can watch these clips as many times as you wish 24/7. If you need the additional help it is there, if you do not, simply move on with the course.

    If you require additional instructional assistance the course has a Help Desk built into the online classroom. This feature allows you to have personal contact with one of our online instructors 24/7. Complete telephone support is also available in the event there is a question that cannot be answered via the online Help Desk. Access to the instructors is through a toll free phone number that is manned by our Coast Guard approved staff instructors Monday through Friday.

    Mariners School’s online instructors are professional USCG Licensed Masters. Each has gone through a rigorous approval process and has met the standards of the United States Coast Guard to be certified instructors. They bring a level of knowledge, experience, and professionalism that adds to the total learning process.

    Towing Endorsement License Requirements:

    Last edited: May 18, 2010
  3. MarinersSchool

    MarinersSchool Captain

    Once the student completes the course quizzes and online Module Exam they make an appointment to take their final proctored exam with Mariners School. No testing at the Coast Guard Regional Exam Centers. The grading standards are:

    Towing Endorsement:There are a total of 10 questions on this examination where a minimum score of 70% is required to pass.

    The student must pass all modules to receive a certification of completion. If a student fails one or more modules, he or she may retest twice more without delay on the failed modules.

    Those who do not pass an exam module after three attempts must wait a period of three months to retest. The student will be required to complete the entire course prior to being allowed another three attempts at each module. In this case the student must retest and pass all online Exam Modules.

    Towing Endorsement License Course Overview:

    Last edited: May 19, 2010
  4. MarinersSchool

    MarinersSchool Captain

    Module I – Towing Safety

    * Assessment and Awareness
    * Risk Management Planning

    Module II – Forces in Towing

    * Static Forces
    * Dynamic Forces
    * Combination of Forces and Shock-load

    Module III – Towing Equipment

    * Towline and Accessories
    * Messengers
    * Chafing Gear
    * Deck Fittings and Other Fittings
    * Drogues and Other Equipment

    Module IV – Standard Towing Procedures

    * Pre-Towing Procedures
    * Towing Astern
    * Connecting Tow Rig Fittings
    * Connecting Tow Rig to a Trailer Eye
    * Transition to Stern Tow
    * Underway With Stern Tow
    * Compensating For Current
    * Shortening the Tow
    * Towing Alongside
    * Sinking Tows

    Towing Endorsement License Course Materials:

    Last edited: May 18, 2010

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