A tugboat does not tow
"At the start of our shift, I receive the first towing assignment from the Fleet Operations Supervisor and head out to tug 51 together with marine engineer Wim and sailor Gérard. We have been working together as a regular team for years and are therefore well matched. After Wim starts the engines in the engine room and Gérard unties the ropes, we sail to the Boudewijn lock. There, a seagoing vessel awaits us to assist it to her berth in the port. 'Assist', because a tug rarely 'tows'. We only really tow ships that can no longer sail independently. To perform this towing task safely, we are present with two tugs. Our team assists the ship at the front and another tug assists at the rear."