Tugs were to be available to escort the mini cape-size ships until they had entered the South Channel, where they were stood down. However, the tug masters had not been trained in the specifics of escort towage nor in emergency response.
The action taken by training all pilots and tug masters in emergency response and escort towage adequately address the issue.
The Manager Pilotage Services advised the following proactive actions have been taken:
All Ports Norths pilots and Smit Lamnalco tug masters have completed together emergency response and escort towage training including:
All masters and ship bridge teams are briefed before arrivals and departures.