Tug reduction process
Date issue released
Safety Issue Description

The Port Procedures manual for Townsville allowed shipping agents to request a tug reduction without the knowledge of the ship’s master.

Issue number
Transport Function
Marine: Shipboard operations
Issue Owner
Maritime Safety Queensland and Port of Townsville Limited Pilotage Services
Mode of Transport
Issue Status Justification

The action taken by Maritime Safety Queensland and the Pilotage Service will eliminate the likelihood of an unexpected tug reduction.

Proactive action
Action number
Townsville Pilotage Services
Action date
Action Status
Action description

The tug reduction requesting procedure had been revised. The application now requires a declaration by the ship’s master that an assessment of the intended manoeuvre has been undertaken. Further, the application notes that should a pilot recommend an additional tug, it may result in delays to the ship’s scheduled manoeuvre. This revision should remove the possibility that the shipping agent has acted without the consent of the master. In addition, the delays to berthing are known and accepted by the ship’s master.