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Ship Handling: Azimuthing Thrusters

Course Overview

Course Content

A trainee, successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Understand the design and basic principles of azimuth controlled devices (ACDs)
  • Understand the advantages and limitations of ACDs
  • Demonstrate the ability to safely manoeuvre a vessel fitted with twin ACDs as main propulsion both in open and restricted waters (shallow water and bank effects).
  • Demonstrate the ability to execute emergency manoeuvres, such as crash stop, using the most effective techniques.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manoeuvre a vessel with ACDs fitted as main propulsion in conjunction with bow thrusters
  • Demonstrate the ability to berth and unberth a vessel fitted with ACDs as main propulsion.
  • Demonstrate the ability to respond appropriately to propulsion failures.

Course Benefits

The training is predominantly practical based carried out on full bridge simulators

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements but candidates should have previously received training and gained experience in basic ship handling.

Further Details


Marine and Maritime

Area of Skill

Deck Courses

Course Type


Training Type

Non accredited course

Target Audience

Ship’s officers and pilots

Approving Body

Modal Training

Assessment Method

N/A unless requested by the client

Certification Duration


Why Modal Training
Strategically positioned at the heart of the Humber Energy Estuary, we are the UK’s first centre for integrated, multimodal logistics training.