The Tug-Barge Study explored the economic potential of transocean systems with separable power units (tugs and barges) in direct competition with self-propelled ships. Also studied were the technological and institutional problems that have to be solved before the inherent advantages of tug-barge systems can be realized. The main conclusions of the study are: 1) Tugs pushing barges are cost competitive with ships in container, bulk, and especially break-bulk services, 2) The total capital required for tug-barge systems can be as low as 40% of the capital required for a comparable ship system, and 3) If the state-of-the-art can be expanded to improve linkage technology and tug-barge speeds, flotillas with as many as six barges can effectively reduce transportation costs.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Matson Research Corporation

    San Francisco, CA  United States 

    Maritime Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Koeningsberg
    • Lathrop
    • Glosten, L R
    • Bringlowe
  • Publication Date: 1970-7

Media Info

  • Serial:
    • Volume: 1-3

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00007452
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 368-110
  • Contract Numbers: MA-4550
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Dec 22 1973 12:00AM