AS A SERVING Tug Master and a student at Solent University, I am undertaking a research project to identify the specific safety risks involved in harbour towage operations; ie identifying those factors which are most likely to cause a risk to tugs, or those that have the most serious consequences for tugs.

In order to do this, I’m asking tug masters, pilots, ship masters and others with direct experience of these issues to answer a brief questionnaire. I can assure you that all information provided will remain strictly confidential to myself, the researcher. Anything that attributes information to a particular person, vessel or company will be removed (any information provided is purely for statistical analysis).

All responses will be destroyed upon completion of the research project in June 2013. For a copy of the questionnaire, Sea Breezes readers who would like to participate are asked to contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

STEPHEN FORD
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