Towing Officer’s Assessment Record (TOAR)

A TOAR is required for all Towing Officer Endorsements. The TOAR is a practical assessment of the skills required to safely perform the duties of a watch officer on a Towing Vessel. The TOAR assessments must be checked off by a Designated Examiner (DE); this is an experienced towing officer who holds an endorsement as Master of Towing AND has been approved by the National Maritime Center as a qualified DE.

Ideally each towing company will have one or more DEs that can complete the required assessments. While this may work good for those employed, it puts many other mariners in a “catch 22” position; meaning that they can’t get the job without the TOAR and can’t get the TOAR without the job.

I was able to locate one school that has an approved TOAR course, Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy. They provide a 2-day course for $1,000 that will satisfy the TOAR assessment for all towing routes except Western Rivers (Mississippi River and her tributaries).

This course appears to be scheduled one on one as needed.



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Instructor and Director at Columbia Pacific Maritime LLC
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2 Responses to Towing Officer’s Assessment Record (TOAR)

  1. Dennis says:

    I have found another source for completing the TOAR; Diamond Marine Services (

  2. Dennis says:

    More information on TOAR Courses

    Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy no longer offers the TOAR Course.

    The course provided by Diamond Marine Services does not cover all the TOAR assessments. This course only works if you have completed the STCW Officer In Charge of a Navigational Watch (OICNW) assessments or hold the OICNW rating for vessels greater than 200 tons (meaning 500 tons or more). This makes it a good deal for mariners holding a Master or Mate 500 ton or higher near coastal or ocean license, but not so good for mariners holding an Inland license or advancing from Apprentice Mate (steersman) to Mate of Towing.

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