as in “integrated tug-barge,” as distinguished from “articulated tug-barge,” now in greater favor. Here’s the tug Philadelphia uncoupled in GMD drydock from its intimate partner barge. Yes, that’s a tug.

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For a sense of scale, watch the self-propelled crane aka “man basket” at floor of dry dock.

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Yes, there is a dock worker in the man basket.

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For a company diagram of this vessel to see tug integrated with its barge, click here.Top down view fascinates me.

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USS Philadelphia has an LOA of almost 700 feet!

More on this vessel later.

PS: Scott, please email me on Little Toot.

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