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Tug Master

 
In this Section:
Career Pathway
Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)
How to Apply
 
Job Description
Course Structure
 
 
Expected Salary
Entry Requirements
 
 
Career Pathways
 
 
Tug Masters typically have an extensive seafaring background along with a significant amount of experience at sea, either as a ship’s Officer or as a ship’s Master. Tug Masters can progress into various other shore based roles within the maritime industry including Marine Pilots, Marine Inspectors, Fleet Management and Port Operations.
 
Job Description
 
 
Tug Masters operate tug boats in order to assist with the berthing and unberthing of large vessels. Tug boats are very powerful, so operating one requires a high level of skill, as well as thorough knowledge of the Port environment in which they are operating. The Tug Master works closely with Port Authorities, Ships Masters and Marine Pilots to ensure that vessels coming in and out of Ports do so safely and efficiently. The Tug Master will generally meet a ship out at sea, attach a line and help to guide it into berth.
 
Expected Salary
 
 

As a Tug Master, individuals can expect to earn upwards of $50,000 p.a and salaries are generally a lot higher depending on experience and the qualification that is held.

Leave Arrangements: At least 168 days free from duty (See Marine Towage Award 2010 on the Fair Work Australia website at www.fwa.gov.au).

For more information about the employment terms and conditions available in the Marine Towage Sector, you can look at the Marine Towage Modern Award which contains minimum terms and conditions for the sector. Modern Awards can be found on the Fair Work Australia website at www.fwa.gov.au.

Qualification Required: Diploma of Transport & Distribution (Maritime Operations- Master Class 3) or above.

 
Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)
 
 
There are only 3 RTOs within Australia where individuals can obtain the required qualification in order to undertake a career as a Tug Master:
 
The Australian Maritime College (AMC) located in Launceston, Tasmania.
Challenger Institute located in Fremantle, Western Australia.
Hunter Institute of Technology located in Newcastle, New South Wales.
 
 
Course Structure
 
 
Please refer to the Masters section of this website to see what the course structure includes, as this Maritime occupation will require individuals with seagoing experience.
 
Entry Requirements
 
 
Please refer to the Masters section of this website to see the entry requirements for the course.
 
How to apply
 
 
Individuals seeking to apply for the course can do so by applying directly to the RTOs. Individuals seeking to apply for a position as a Tug Master should contact their local Port Authorities or companies that operate tug boats for more information.