I hope when the smoke clears with the up coming Inspection of Tugs that there will finally have a regulation on manning of Tugs. And I am not talking about the B.S. that all of these companies come up with.
What do you all think should be required? Here is my thought, mind you I am a Chief Engineer.
Manning for Sea Going ATB’s
3 AB / ABT
2 Assistant Engineers
and now for the most important
I last sailed for Maritrans / OSG in the GOM and while I had a licensed Assistand Engineer, there were times that I had to work many hours of UNPAID O/T just to keep up on the all of the equipment on the barge. I considered myself lucky that I had a ABT that enjoyed working with me and that I could trust him to do quite a lot by him self.
There were times that I had to leave the ER un-maned and go up on the barge to do repairs. Now if I had had the extra AE this would have been avoided.
I will be looking forward to what everyone thinks.