Discusses inland towing (pushing) typical of Mississippi River operations in which pilots stand six-hour bridge watches and directly control both engine(s) and rudder(s) in maneuvering multiple barges within a tow, and waterway current depth, and the lack of recorded, correlated data (such as rudder angle, engine RPM, and depth measurement) make performance evaluation extremely difficult unless incorporated in an automatic monitoring system. A system to automatically record tow performance data obtained from instrumentation and manula input on the towboat is discussed which would provide statistical measures of performance for evaluating alternative tow configurations, navigation and engine subystem variations as well as provide a more accurate log of events, river currents and tow speeds during trip segments. Systems elements are discussed with regard to the equipment and procedural requirements including an example application with estimates of expected benefits.

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 483-492
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 5

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00139916
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: North-Holland Publishing Company
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 26 1976 12:00AM