Towing and Anchor Handling Winch Operator

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To acquire an understanding of towing and anchor handling winch operations for winches up to 600 metric tons pulling capacity. The course is designed to meet the requirements of STCW 2010 Section B-V/e and GOMO Section


The course is designed for Deck Officers and Engineer Officers engaged in operating towing and anchor handling winches on offshore vessels.


The course provides a general understanding of winch operation during the range of operations carried out during anchor handling and towing operations, including normal and emergency situations.

  • Types of winches including use and operation.
  • Introduction to components and layout of the winch system.
  • Terminology, phrases and abbreviations.
  • Winch computer uses and limitations.
  • Winch capacities and wire length monitoring.
  • Tension control and load monitoring.
  • Emergency functions, including emergency release and emergency braking.
  • Ancillary deck equipment including towing pins and stoppers.

Course Pre-requisites

Participants to hold relevant STCW certification. Participants may benefit from having some previous offshore experience.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy Requirements

This course requires the ability to read and interpret typical product specifications, job sheets, procedures, and safety information as provided to operators. Writing is required to the level of completing workplace forms. Numeracy is required to calculate loads and weights. The course is delivered in English.

Assessment & Competency Achievement

There is no formal assessment carried out at the completion of the course. 100% attendance and participation in the course is required. Participants will be awarded a Certificate of Training on completion of the course.

Course Duration

3 days.

  • Day 1 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Day 2 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Day 3 8:30am to 4:30pm

Course Availability

To check for upcoming course dates, course availability and to enrol on this course, please go
to our Training Management Portal.

Number of Participants

Minimum 2 participants

Maximum 4 participants

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

Course participants are required to agree with the Term and Conditions of enrolment. These terms and conditions are available at or on request from Farstad Shipping Offshore Simulation Centre staff.