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180 barge turn. With under power thrusters

180 barge turn. With under power thrusters

(OP)
I having a problem turning a barge 180 with under power thrusters and strong
Currents , please help

RE: 180 barge turn. With under power thrusters

1. Build a circular cofferdam around the barge. The dam's inside diameter must be a little bigger than the barge's diagonal measurement.

2. Turn the barge in the still water within the cofferdam.

3. Secure the barge and remove the cofferdam.

Logistical details and such are left as an exercise.

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

RE: 180 barge turn. With under power thrusters

Mike,
You forgot the smiley face.
B.E.

You are judged not by what you know, but by what you can do.

RE: 180 barge turn. With under power thrusters

Sorry. winky smile

I also forgot:

OR, call in a pushboat.

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

RE: 180 barge turn. With under power thrusters

Hey fellas, can you give me a hand pulling this rope? Never mind. Too late.

Bill
--------------------
"Why not the best?"
Jimmy Carter

RE: 180 barge turn. With under power thrusters

Two tugboats on each end but opposite side of the barge and pushing it so as to rotate the barge; of course the tugboat operators will have to adjust for the strong current.

RE: 180 barge turn. With under power thrusters

Actually, a serious answer is possible, assuming that the barge is alongside a dock.
Just tie a hawser between the downstream outboard corner of the barge and a bollard on the dock not far upstream or downstream.
It would be wise to also tie off the shoreside of the barge at the midpoint and the upstream shoreside corner with long hawsers that can be let out gradually to control the rotation.
Then push the upstream end out in the current and let the current do the rotation, using the thrusters to buck the current.
It gets more complicated if something is docked downstream less than a barge length away. Absent that complication, then you just pull the new upstream end, upstream to the original location.

If you're in the middle of the channel, well, if you WERE in the middle of the channel, you're screwed anyway, and maybe you can allide with something soft before you reach New Orleans....

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

RE: 180 barge turn. With under power thrusters

My shiphandling is notoriously ropey, but one possibility could be to exploit irregularities in the current: In confined waters, there are often slack patches and if you stick your bows into one of those while the rest of the barge stays in the main flow, you are likely to swing a long way quite fast. When it takes you by surprise, the outcome is embarrassing, but as a deliberate move...

A.

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