Tug & Barge Matters - LP News Supplement

There are a number of different types of tugs in use worldwide. The conventional tugs with the propulsion aft, the azimuth stern drive tug and the tractor tugs which have the propulsion unit nearer the bow. During the past two decades the average bollard pull of harbour tugs increased from 30 tons bollard pull (BP) to 60 or even 80 tons BP. Harbour tugs of 100 tons BP are now coming into service. All tug operations require careful planning if accidents are to be avoided.

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