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Photographer:lappino [View profile]Title:UME MARUAdded:Oct 15, 2018
Captured:October 13, 2018IMO:UnavailableHits:511
Location:Onomichi, Japan
Photo Category: Tugs
This is a weird circular workboat / tug that I saw at Mukaishima Dock shipyard in Onomichi; I knew there must be some information available on it. And so it was:

The Japan Society of Naval Architects and Ocean Engineers "Ship of the Year 2016" award, category "Fishing/Work Vessels". This unique round shaped tugboat was created through a totally new concept of externally attaching a full slewing thruster to a towed ship. It can be easily operated by this single-lever-controlled slewing thruster. Adsorption equipment can eliminate the tug line, saving 2 workmen from handling ropes.

So now I understand that the contraption on the left is used to "suck up" to an unsuspecting vessel and, voila!, you've been tugged! :)
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lappino on Oct 18, 2018 08:02 (1 year ago)
Thanks for the working link, David. (I was sure the original one was working before...)

Anyway, somehow I still think that once those disks take hold, just like those glass adsorption pads of cat burglars, it's possible to either push or pull...


davidships on Oct 17, 2018 17:56 (1 year ago)
More push than tug I suspect!

That URL doesn't work for me, but try
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