Research and analysis

Safety lessons: preparing for non-standard towage operations

A safety message for tug operators and the ports industry highlighting the risks associated with a combined push-pull towage configuration.


MAIB safety flyer issued May 2012

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This summary concerns a barge colliding with its tow, causing the tug, Chiefton, to capsize and sink with loss of 1 life.

The information has been prepared for:

  • tug operators
  • the ports industry

An investigation report has also been produced for this accident.

Published 23 May 2012