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Why do tugs towing barges stop, turn the barge around and tow it from the side?

Jason Gonzales
StarNews

A tug boat pushes a barge back into place near the southern end of Ft. Fisher as beachgoers make their way along the rock jetty. StarNews file photo.

Q. When tugs are towing barges back in from the ocean at Southport they stop in the river, turn the barge around and then tow it from the side. Why have they started doing this?

A. Simply put, to have better control over the tow as the two proceed up river in preparation for berthing, according to Glenn Turbevile, an employee of McAllister Towing.

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