What is it like to travel on a tugboat?

What is it like to travel on a tugboat?

People don't really travel on tugboats per se. People work on tugs. It's like any other job, when you go to work you are expected to produce. Most tugs, especially on the East Coast divide the watches into four six hour watches per day. The captain and Chief engineer if there is one will work from 0600 to 1200 and 1800 to 2400. The mate and assistant engineer will work from 0000-0600 and 1200 to 1800. There will also be a deckhand assigned to each watch. This varies with union agreements and company policy regarding manning. While on watch you are expected to be working in some capacity depending on you position. The captain or mate will be steering the vessel if underway. If not the mate will be correcting charts and publications. The captain will be doing other paperwork like voyage plans, payroll, fire inspection reports etc. The engineers will be making rounds of the engine room and doing their own paperwork.


tugboat in vietnam
 

Tugboat in vietnam
tugboat in vietnam
 
tugboat in vietnam
tugboat in vietnam
 
tugboat in vietnam
tugboat in vietnam