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Ebook Tug Stability
Tug masters experience the effects of a tug’s stability every day when manoeuvring their vessel, either free sailing or when assisting ships. During tug operations, a number of forces and combinations are working on a tug, often at or near their maximum with respect to the tug’s stability. It is, therefore, not just desirable but necessary for tug masters to have at least a basic idea of the elements of stability. They need to know where the limits are, and what the consequences could be, if the tug or tug handling practices don’t conform to the rules of stability – not only in normal circumstances and but also when extreme conditions, such as dense fog and storms, occur. The consequences can be very dramatic. Numerous harbour tugs have capsized, often with tragic consequences.
This educational guide to stability specifically for tugs aims to provide this important information to tug masters. It is written in a manner readily understood by all tug masters, regardless of their education, formal qualifications, nationality or operational backgrounds. The text is accompanied by numerous illustrations and photographs.
In writing this handbook, master mariner and pilot Captain Henk Hensen and naval architect Dr Markus van der Laan have focussed on the practical aspects of stability, tug design and equipment and also on the consequences of unsafe procedures. Their emphasis is on harbour tugs, although several of the topics covered apply equally to seagoing tugs.
The book is not just for tug masters but for all those in one way or another involved in tug operations.