The TRAder designation is used to describe a broad-based series of coastal towing (or “line-haul”) tugs. These are a special type of tug, not generally intended to do ship-assist work, but typically used as part of a coastal transportation system towing single or multiple barges. These tugs are typically twin-screw, equipped with heavy duty towing gear aft, and are designed to maximize thrust at a towing speed typically in the 7-10 knot range. TRAder series tugs are designated by length: e.g. TRAder 2500. The power and other dimensions will vary according to the intended service and local requirements.
Many of these designs have decades of proven successful service in B.C. waters.
- Designs optimized for barge towing at 6-10 knots
- Typically conventional twin-screw tugs
- Myriad of configuration and size options available
There are TRAder class tugs too numerous to mention, ranging from about 15 to 45 metres in length, each uniquely designed for a specific coastal trade application.