Chris King has retired and King Marine Ltd has closed for further business.

Chris has thoroughly enjoyed his 45 years within the commercial marine business. He will miss the banter and many friends he has gained over the years. He hopes that others that have met him, been trained by him, worked for him and crewd for him will all get as much fun, wonderful memories and genuine stisfaction out of their careers. 

He wishes you all long, happy and healthy lives and thanks you all for all the great times!!

~ Practical Tug Crew Training ~

Providing professional training for tug deckhands and skippers in Southampton and across the UK.

Tug Deckhand Man Overboard Practice
Tug Deckhand Course - Rigging a Tow
Tug Deckhand Line Handling


Basic Deckhand Courses

Learn and practise deck skills in a hands-on environment on our two-day courses in Southampton. Course content includes manoeuvring a workboat to better understand how the vessel handles and to pick up a man overboard, ropework, towing procedures and experimentation to discover when and why accidents occur and how to prevent them. 


See our Contact page for dates and availability for our upcoming courses.

Our Basic Tug Deckhand Courses are endorsed by the National Workboat Association.

Tug Skippers

In his capacity as a National Workboat Association (NWA) Assessor for Towing Endorsements, Chris King of King Marine also offers consultancy for companies to assist in preparing their skippers for this exam. This is a service tailored to suit individual companies and skippers. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

Please note that towing endorsement assessments cannot be booked through this site, but must be booked through the National Workboat Association by email.