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tug

a boat with a powerful engine, used for towing barges, ships, etc.
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"The two tugboats tried to stop the giant and then a tow cable broke, cut by the collision with the riverboat," Davide Calderan, president of a tugboat association in Venice, told the Italian news agency ANSA.
The contract will have a duration period of 15 years with the delivery of the first tugboats expected on August 1, 2020.
When Thea died at 70, funeral tugboats lined the harbor for miles to pay respect to her.
Empedrad explained that it was necessary to tap the services of a private company with an 'experience to salvage ships that are grounded especially big vessels' because neither the Navy nor the Coast Guard had tugboats.
"Hindi, hindi kasi bukas pa natin ma-appreciate eh kung ano 'yung extent ng pagka-ground niya eh, so pagdating ng ano, I cannot estimate kasi hindi natin alam kung ano 'yung capablity nung dalawang tugboats (We still need to appreciate the extent of grounding, once it arrives, I cannot estimate because we also don't know the capability of the two tugboats)," Empedrad said.
Noel Detoyato said one of the tugboats was expected to arrive at the Hasa-hasa Shoal (Half Moon Shoal) on Sunday afternoon.
Fortis Tugs Corp., one of the companies in the Chelsea Shipping Group, likewise acquired new tugboats which will be used to maneuver tankers and other larger vessels in harbors.
Summary: Tugboats Monday failed to refloat a container ship that ran aground off the coast of Sidon Sunday in heavy winds.
As part of the operation, VTS provided towage, mooring, berthing and un-berthing services through its two new, ASD tugboats, VTS Keryneia and VTS Ammochostos.
For more than 130 years, Moran Towing Corporation's fleet of tugboats had been recognized for the signature white "M" painted on their stacks.
Tugboats ensure safe passage of dry cargo ships, tankers and passenger ships via a navigable canal and their mooring.