Thern Inc. announced a new alternative -- The Barge Pulling System – to help position barges more efficiently when loading and unloading, without the use of tug boats.
The new system uses two power winches and a control panel that is designed to help operators easily maneuver barges along the edge of the pier. By letting out line on one of the winches and pulling in on the other, the system is able to control the tension so operators can reduce slack and eliminate barge drift.
To accurately position the barge, operators can either control each winch individually or in tandem, either manually or automatically. A special indicator switch lets the operator select the mode, while a joystick provides directional control. The accuracy of the controls helps to reduce risk to equipment, materials and workers.
The Barge Pulling System is available in a wide range of configurations, and is designed to be easy to install. Mounted on the dock, winches can pull in either direction while maintaining consistent tension for efficient barge positioning. With capacities up to 25 tons, the system is capable of positioning up to 10 barges at a time, depending on wind and current conditions.
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