This course is primarily for experienced workboat officers that have little or no experience with ASD Z-Drives. This course combines lecture, simulation, and a comprehensive Z-Drive Workbook over a three-day period.
Principles of Z-Drive Tug Design
Z-Drive Mechanical Systems
Principles of Z-Drive Tug Maneuvering
Fundamentals of Light Tug Handling
Fundamental Barge Maneuvers
Light tugs Maneuvers - with or without current
Z-Drive Competency Evaluation
Theory and use of tractor tugs in the escort mode
Theory, use, and operation of joystick steering
The course is basic, and there are no requirements for experience with ASD Z-Drives. It requires, however, the minimum deck officer certificate. No additional certification and / or training / education are needed beyond this.