Pusher tug – behind four barges
Pusher tugs are a regular phenomenon on several of Germany’s canals and rivers. As proved by this short video it takes around half a minute to pass one pushing four large (engine-less) barges. The barges are 32,50 meters (108 feet) each most of the time and a pusher tug like this one around 25 meters (83 feet). That’s a total of over 150 meters (500 feet). Our speed is around 5 knots (9 kilometers) an hour. So during half a minute we move some 75 meters ahead – nearing half the length of the oncoming combination. If we’d have been in a moored position the combination tug/barges would have needed ¾ (???) of a minute to pass us. Please correct us -explanation included- if we are wrong. Bye for now.