Towmaster – Human & Emergency Management

The purpose of this course is to reduce the risk of accidents during Rig Move Offshore. With focus on Human Factors and casualty prevention and human error, but also on increasing operational uptime and daily efficiency in the offshore environment.

Through theory classes and practical Simulator exercise we address how human factors like individual behaviour and interaction between team members affect the safe and efficient operation of the MODU

In a simulator we train the Towmaster in handling dynamically escalating situations emphasising the need to apply the learning in real life situations. The participants are provided with tools to improve teamwork, leadership, communication, decision-making and Emergency resource management.


  • Human factor theory, personal abilities, behaviours and human limitation
  • Human error, complacency, boredom and automation awareness
  • Situational awareness
  • Resource management and decision making
  • Leadership and team work
  • Assertiveness
  • Complacency
  • Effective communication
  • Planning and prioritisation
  • Emergency and crisis management
  • Observations and feedback given by participants' own colleagues are processed
  • Exercises will be conducted on R class MODU.

The course is conducted as interplay between theoretical presentations, group discussions and supervised training in a Motion Bridge Simulator to backup/illustrate theory and make it easily transferable to daily operations.

On completion of this course the participant will have refreshed there old crew resource management course and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of resource management, leadership and teamwork.

  • Knowledge of Towmasters responsibility and authority, including human error, situational awareness, complacency and teamwork.
  • Ability to apply task and workload management.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply effective Human resource management.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply decision making techniques.
  • Knowledge of Emergency management and Crisis Leadership.
  • Ability to observe teammates and provide proper feedback, and use feedback as a performance enhancement tool.