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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
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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.

https://www.jasnaoe.or.jp/en/soy/2016.html

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...

Cheers

Vlad
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
https://www.jasnaoe.or.jp/en/soy/2016.html
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