US-based marine company Harley Marine Services (HMS) has purchased an Azimuthing Stern Drive (ASD) training vessel, named BRAtt, from Robert Allen in order to boost its training programme.
The company will use HMS BRAtt in the tractor tug training programme for its crew members.
Built as a training tool for maritime industry, HMS BRAtt resembles the modern ASG tub boat with dimensions of 25.6ft by 11.8ft and 450W horsepower.
Crew members can use HMS BRAtt to become familiar with maneuverability of a tractor tug, before handling the full-sized vessel.
The compact tug will give trainees a chance to practice operational and handling techniques in small and defined spaces.
HMS marine operations director Captain Scott Manley said this vessel will enhance the ability to train qualified and quality operators for their fleet.
"One key component to a successful transportation company in the maritime industry is to employ the most qualified and competent individuals," Manley said.
The vessel will also provide trainees with a real-life training mechanism that will simulate daily experiences that occur in the wheelhouse.
Harley Marine will add HMS BRAtt to its diverse and growing fleet of 120 vessels, which it uses to provide transportation and storage of petroleum products, ship assist and escort, transportation of general cargo and rescue towing.
Image: HMS BRAtt will be used in a tractor tug training programme. Photo: courtesy of Harley Marine Services.