Pentagoet Courses

Tug Pentagoet in the BayThe following courses at Maine Maritime Academy utilize the Tug Pentagoet:

  • NS345: Shiphandling
  • NS471: Tug and Barge Operations
  • NS342: Workboat Operations

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Course Descriptions

Workboat Operations NS-342

This course provides a background in the operation and management of limited-ton vessels. Topics include vessel design, cargo operations, and vessel management. Lab sessions aboard the Tug Pentagoet require students to develop proficiency in all vessel operations. Emphasis is placed on close-quarters maneuvering.

Shiphandling NS-345

During this course, students will develop the knowledge and practical abilities necessary to be a boat and ship handler. Topics include propulsion systems, ship maneuvering, anchoring, docking, emergency situations, ship pilots, ship-to-ship interaction, channel effects, and tug use. Classroom lectures and launch and tug use are supplemented by work on the simulator and Schooner Bowdoin.

Tug and Barge Operations NS-471

Through this course, students will become familiar with the basic theory and practice of towing barges. Topics include all aspects of the towing industry, such as ship assists, types, and functions of tugs, stability, and design, towing theory, preparation, interface with regulatory agencies, documentation, and safety and advanced towing exercises. Instructors are U.S.C.G.-designated examiners and competencies for T.O.A.R. ( Towing Officer Assessment Record) will be certified upon demonstrated proof of skills. Prerequisite: NS 345.