Saturday, August 9, 2008

That's the Ticket


After a short six hour run from Chesapeake City to Baltimore,Maryland we got a view of the Penn Maritime barge we will be handling over the next few weeks and maybe months.She is a beast!Nothing our boat can't handle though,we can tow the world around it's axis if needed.We gave an assist to the tug Penn No.4 while they docked the barge right outside Baltimore's Inner Harbor.Then we headed over to pier 13 and took 20,000 gallons of fuel of of the Penn tug because they are heading to their happy happy company shipyard in New York to get a massive overhaul.It's always a little difficult when making up to a new barge because you never quite know if everything is going to fit,cables,lines,winches it's always a bit different with every barge.Well the barge will be loaded by the morning hours and then it's off to New York and time for me to make my money.

2 comments:

The Rabid Outdoorsman said...

See I would have thought everything would be set to a "standard" to make it easier . . .

tugboatdude said...

It would be nice but yup every barge is different.Barge designs along with tug designs are all different and that makes for a new learning experience every time we go to make up in the notch aka pushing gear.Now when it comes to towing with the tow wire most set ups are all relatively the same.Some companies like in fact most companies have there own policies on how they awnt there barges hooked up.Since they pay the bill we do what they ask,remember the customer is always right!