Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a TOAR?

The Towing Officer Assessment Record (TOAR) is a USCG required series of assessments of a mariner’s knowledge of towing vessel operations. You must hold a completed TOAR assessment to sail as a Deck Officer aboard towing vessels.

By using highly objective assessment techniques in both simulator-based and practical demonstration, our experienced USCG approved Designated Examiner will assess your knowledge and skills.

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How does the TOAR class work?

 Prior to attending a TOAR class, each participant is provided with resources to assist in their preparation for successfully meeting each standard. The class itself takes place during simulated voyage aboard a towing vessel. From start to finish, the voyage incorporates each of the Near Coastal/Oceans TOAR assessments.

Where does the class take place?

 The TOAR class takes place in the Transas tug simulator and classroom space located at MITAGS-PMI in Seattle, WA.

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What minimum qualifications do I need for the TOAR class?

  • At minimum, 30 days documented observation and training aboard towing vessels on Near Coastal/Oceans routes.

  • At minimum, a 500 ton Near Coastal or Oceans Mate license on inspected vessels.

  • OICNW endorsement II/1 or II/3 held or qualified to hold.

  • If you do not meet the above qualifications, the towing license process is difficult. But, please contact us. We can discuss your options.

When are the classes held?

  • Saturdays and Sundays. Hours are flexible. Most sessions begin at 0800. Plan for an 8 hour day and bring lunch, or there’s a Jimmy John’s that delivers.

How many attendees?

  • One to two per session.

What do I need to bring?

  • Your MMC.

  • A lunch, or Jimmy John’s delivers.

What is the cost?

  • $2000.00 - cash or credit/debit card