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A tugboat (or tug) is a vessel whose primary use is for the towing, pushing, maneuvering or assistance of motivation of other vessels, such as barges. Particularly large ships, such as ocean liners, will often use multiple tugs for positioning while docking.

Typical Design Characteristics

  • High power
  • High bollard pull
  • High maneuverability
  • Heavily built structure, reinforced bow/stern, rub-rails & bumpers for impacts
  • Excellent bridge visibility

Tug Types

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