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06 October 2019

Development of Active Tug Escort for Tanker Operations

August’s meeting was held in Sydney jointly with the Company of Master Mariners of Australia and the Australian Institute of Navigation. Captain Scott Clinton of the Port Authority of New South Wales gave an overview of how Active Tug Escort procedures have been recently developed for use in the port of Newcastle in New South Wales. Scott is a senior check pilot at the port and has been instrumental in developing and implementing the use of tugs for tanker operations in and out of the port.

Newcastle port is the world’s leading coal export port, exporting over 160 million tonnes per year and is very experienced in handling large Capsize bulk carriers of about 300m length and 50m beam which arrive in ballast and depart fully laden. Recently however it has been expecting more visits by petroleum tankers, particularly LR2 type tankers in the 80,000 – 120,000 DWT range of up to 245m in length, 42m beam and 13.5m draft. These arrive fully laden at the very exposed entrance to the river port and the challenge has been to mitigate the risks involved in moving them into and out of the port. The current passive escort procedures needed review.

A full risk assessment was conducted using simulators, and mathematical models of swell conditions were made. Designated tracks were designed for certain common swell conditions and a limit established. Active escort tugs can deploy rapidly to assist as a contingency for turning and braking and are a proven method of mitigating risk in the event of shipboard failures.

Scott explained the six features which combined to take the guesswork out of using active escort tugs – Risk Assessment, Tug Suitability, Training Processes, Procedures, Simulator study, and the use of science rather than the “art” of ship handling. His main message was, “We don’t guess!”
He explained there was a large amount of information available especially concerning wind and swell effects on an exposed hull, the engine output in tonnes at the propeller and the rudder lift forces.

It was possible, for example, to model the forces involved if a ship’s rudder failed and locked hard over and thus know what tug forces were needed to counter this type of event.

Simulation studies showed that LR2 ship models could be effectively handled at the port entrance subject to sea and weather limits. The entry conditions were also limited by under keel clearance. It was also vital that the tugs used had a render recovery type winch and the ship’s bits were OCIMF compliant.

Scott then went on to discuss the type of tugs suitable for this kind of active escort and how they are positioned and also explained that communication procedures were also reviewed, moving to Outcome Based Orders where the pilot is using the expertise of the tug master to achieve the desired outcome, for example: - Pilot: “Stern to Starboard full” ; Tug Master: “Stern to Starboard Full – Indirect”.

He also explained the comprehensive training regime implemented for the pilots to achieve active escort and how the results had been very good.
This was a thoroughly engrossing presentation which was enjoyed by all and the ensuing Q&A period showed the interest generated. Scott was introduced and thanked by the new Chair of the SE Australia Branch, Kit Rynd FNI.

Kendall Carter AFNI

Friday 04 October 2019

Women in Maritime (WiM), The Nautical Institute SE Australia Branch - Breakfast Networking & Panel Discussion Tuesday, 29th Oct, Doltone House, Sydney.  Click here for Flyer

Kindly supported by The Australasian Marine Pilots Institute (AMPI), in conjunction with the AMPI2019 Pilotage and Port Logistics Conference and sponsored by Svitzer Australia.

Time is running out to book your place at the breakfast event of the year! The SE Australia NI Branch is hosting a breakfast event. ‘Empowering Women in Maritime – a panel discussion’, which aligns with IMO’s World Maritime Day theme for 2019.

Participants will have an opportunity to discuss what we can do together to increase participation of women in ports and harbour maritime roles in Australia. Our keynote speaker Mrs Henriette H. Thygesen, Svitzer CEO is one of the most respected professionals in the maritime industry internationally. Henriette will be joined by Kirsteen Roberts, Second Mate, Solstad Offshore; Mike Gallacher, CEO Ports Australia and Capt. Craig Eastaugh, Marine Pilot-Port Hedland & AMPI board member in the panel discussion.

This will be a sell-out event so please book ASAP to avoid disappointment using the following link  see attached flyer for breakfast details and contact me by email  or mobile 0437681277 for NI and WISTA members discount code.

Attendees to the breakfast are also offered a special rate one day pass to the conference with some extremely interesting presentations promised. The highlight presentations are listed below;
• Pathway to Highly Reliable Pilotage and Port Operations. – Capt. Jeanine Drummond Harbour Master Newcastle and Yamba
• The Management of Safety in Flight Operations – Capt. Debbie Slade (Qantas)
• Challenges for the Pilotage Industry in the Age of Big Data – Capt. Ravi Nijjer
• Evidence Based Training – Captain Simon Henderson Phd
• Risk Assessment versus Due Diligence in Marine Pilotage - Presented By Richard Robinson
• Shifting Legal Landscape of Marine Pilotage – Ambrose Rajadurai
• Lessons From UKC Management – Meg Batchelor, OMC International.
Please feel free to share this email with anyone you think might be interested in the event.

Best regards,

Capt. Patrick Walsh AFNI
Assist Secretary SE Australia NI branch.

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Friday 13 September 2019

The International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA) has invited the Nautical Institute (NI) to become an official endorsing partner of the 12th biennial IHMA Congress that is being held in Hobart on the 23-26 March, 2020. The 2020 Congress is proudly co-hosted by Tasports and the Australian Maritime College (AMC) and will explore the theme, ‘The Next Wave – Navigating Towards the Digital Future’.

The prestigious IHMA Congress is held every two years and features a three-day conference & exhibition, a technical site tour and exciting networking and social program. The 2020 Papers’ Committee is developing a stimulating and thought provoking programme to explore and identify how ports and port operations, including Harbour Masters and port customers, will navigate the digital future.

In order to engage with and attract the next generation of industry leaders, the IHMA has introduced a new 50% discount for young professionals and will be launching the inaugural ‘Young Maritime Professionals Pitching Competition’ at the 2020 Congress. Both opportunities are available to all maritime professionals aged 35yrs and under across the sector.
Click on this link to read the Christopher Rynd CV