Used to attach a towline to a towing bridle.

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The operation of drawing a vessel forward by means of long lines.


When one or more vessels are being towed; when a tug is towing one or more floating objects.


American Waterway Operators. The national trade association for the barge and towing industry and the shipyards employed in the repair and construction of these craft.


1. The process of towing a wire or horizontally set bar below the surface, to determine the least depth in an area or to insure that a given area is free from navigational dangers to a certain depth. 2. The process of pulling along the bottom, as in dragging anchor.


A boat equiped with powerful engines for towing or pushing large ships or barges


A method of towing vessels through polar ice by means of icebreaking tugs with a special stern notch suited to receive and hold the bow of the vessel to be towed


1. The process of towing a line or object below the surface, to determine whether an area is free from isolated submerged dangers to vessels and to determine the position of any dangers that exist, or to determine the least depth of an area. 2. The process of clearing an area or channel of mines or other dangers to navigation.


Emergency Towing System


A towing operation where the tug secures a barge alongside.


A reinforced hole in the bulwarks at the foremost point of the bow through which a towing hauser or bowline may pass without snagging or encountering excessive wear.

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