An Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tug boat is a high-performance vessel that is responsive, quick to maneuver, and extremely powerful. This workbook is designed to facilitate learning, through both intellectual and hands-on presentations. It teaches a clear understanding of ASD tug maneuvering principles and assists the reader in acquiring the intuitive feel for operating the tug. Texts and illustrations provide exercises recommended to build the hands-on knowledge. The book covers the basic elements of maneuvering an ASD tug, through steering, managing speed, turning, stopping hovering, and lateral movement. Each chapter provides questions to test and strengthen the skills.
Captain Jeff Slesinger, a licensed mariner since 1977, has been operating ASD tugs for over twenty years in harbor, coastal, and offshore applications. He has also created onboard and simulator training programs for tug handling, bridge resource management and other skills critical to the professional mariner. Captain Slesinger continues to work with training institutions and individual companies in developing programs that foster the acquisition of the practical expertise needed for competence at sea. His current principal activity is managing his company, Delphi Maritime LLC, which is committed to creating innovative solutions for working safely at sea.