Standardisaton of commands between pilots, captains and tugs

Seariver Marine Inc. has given INTERTANK permission to circulate the following suggested tug commands, which have been compiled in an effort to begin the process of standardising the communications between pilots, captains, and operators of escort and assistance tugs in the United States.

The purpose of the standardisation is to reduce the possibilities of breakdowns in communication between pilots and tug operators and to allow ship Masters calling at various ports around the country more easily to follow the actions of the pilot. When a different pilot comes onboard and uses the same or similar commands as the previous pilot, the ship's captain will have a better understanding of what the pilot is trying to accomplish. It will also facilitate the understanding of tug orders by the ship’s crew when a vessel calls at more than one port.

Click here for the covering letter and the suggested commands

Contact: Howard Snaith