Research and analysis

Safety lessons: combined push/pull towage configuration

Summary of a fatal accident on tug Chiefton, highlighting risks associated with non-standard towage operations.


MAIB safety flyer issued May 2012

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This safety message concerns the fatal accident after a barge collided with its tow, causing the tug to capsize and founder. The information has been prepared for:

  • tug operators
  • ports industry