An integrated tug-barge system for use in the transportation of oil products is described. The success of the system in the operation of two 37,000-dwt integrated tug-barges has resulted in plans for the construction of a series of 100,000-dwt ITB's. Several advantages of the ITB concept over the regular ship are described, among them lower construction cost than for a regular tankship, shallower draft than a tanker of the same tonnage, and a lower manning requirement. Descriptions of existing ITB's and severe weather conditions that were encountered during laden and ballast voyages of these ITB's are also given. Design features of both the tug and the barge, and the locking procedure of the tug to the barge are also described in the article.

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    Petroleum Publishing Company

    211 South Cheyenne, P.O. Box 1260
    Tulsa, OK  United States  75221
  • Authors:
    • O'Donnell, J P
  • Publication Date: 1973-10-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 61-65
  • Serial:
    • Oil and Gas Journal
    • Volume: 71
    • Issue Number: 40
    • Publisher: PennWell Publishing Company
    • ISSN: 0030-1388

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00050283
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 14 1973 12:00AM