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The following assessments are included under T.O.A.R.

Vessel Familiarization
Locate and demonstrate use of fire-fighting equipment
Locate and demonstrate use of life-saving equipment
Main engine propulsion systems
Steering systems
Auxiliary systems
Describe and follow vesselís fuel transfer procedures
Identify physical characteristics of vessel and tow
Conduct safety orientations for new crew members
Use vesselís internal communications systems or equipment

Secure vessel for sea by:

Insuring watertight integrity
Stowing deck gear
Operate towing gear
Inspect towing gear

Describe procedures for maintaining towing gear

Navigation and Piloting

Describe the effect of tide or current on vesselís position
Allow for draft and clearances in navigation of vessel
Conduct pre-voyage tests and inspections per 33 CFR 164.80
Describe and comply with reporting requirements for VTS
Communicate using VHF radio
Provide radio or whistle notice of getting underway
Make security calls
Initiate appropriate actions in reduced visibility
Identify and maintain required charts or maps and publications
Use required charts or maps and publications
Determine vesselís position on chart or map
Plan the route on paper or electronic charts
Incorporate information on forecast weather and sea conditions in route planning
Maintain track by plotting with electronic aids
Maintain heading using magnetic compass and gyro, if equipped.

Watch Standing

Operate and use all electronic equipment in pilot house

Use compass and swing meter as applicable

Make appropriate entries in log book

Maintain proper lookout

Communicate navigation and vessel-status information to relieving watch officer

Follow standing orders or masterís instructions on watch

Monitor traffic using visual, audio and electronic aids (e.g., binoculars, VHF, sounds signals, and radar)

Monitor movement, ride and stability of tug

Monitor movement, ride and stability of barge

Monitor status of the towing gear, including:

Chaffing of tow wire or hawser
Pushing gear

Take appropriate action in response to changing weather and sea conditions


Maneuver light boat
Maneuver tow in high wind
Make tow
Break tow
Dock and undock light boat
Dock and sail the tow as directed by the master
Maneuver a tow underway
In port
At sea
Transition to or from towing pushing and alongside modes
Anchor the tow (if applicable)

Rules of the Road

Apply the Rules of the Road in the following situations:

Meeting while pushing ahead, or meeting while towing astern
Crossing while pushing ahead, or crossing while pushing astern
Overtaking another vessel while pushing ahead or overtaking another vessel while towing astern
Being stand-on vessel
Being give-way vessel
Operating in restricted visibility

Properly lighting towing vessel and tow while pushing ahead or properly lighting towing vessel and tow while towing astern

Provide proper sound and light signals (passing, fog, danger, etc.)

Recognize and use lights and shapes

Transition from international (COLREGS) in Inland Rules of the Road (and vice versa)

Safety and Emergency Response

Describe procedures to follow in response to:

Steering failure
Loss of electrical power
Loss of propulsion
Collision or allision
Personnel injury
Oil or hazardous substance spill

Conduct man overboard drill

Conduct fire drill and instructions per 46 CFR 27.355

Describe procedures for abandoning ship

Describe procedures for use of general alarm

Describe procedures for use of all onboard safety equipment

Conduct barge-retrieval drill per 33 CFR 155.230 (b)(2)(iv) (if applicable)

Environmental Protection

Describe procedures for disposal of:

Bilge slops

Regulate waste


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