3-5 Items furnished
Components installed as part of the towing equipment are listed on the parts list of drawings referenced in
Appendix A and in the Components of End Item List in TM 55-1930-209-14&P-20.
Common and bulk items onboard are listed in the Expendable Supplies and Materials List in TM 55-1930-209-
Repair parts and special tools onboard are listed in the Repair Parts and Special Tools List in TM 55-1930-
Items required but not furnished. Towing vessel must be obtained from commander of terminal operating area
where barge is operating or from commander providing support for the barge.
Tools and test equipment. Use existing tools and equipment onboard. A complete list of tools and test
equipment onboard is in the Tools and Test Equipment List in TM 55-1930-209-14&P-18.
Section VIII. Description of operation
General. This towing equipment is used primarily for open-water tows by either commercial or military tugs. For
shorter moves and within congested areas or in close waters, the barge is normally moved by a tug with the barge on
the hip" (see TM 55-1930-209-14&P-1).
Section IX. Operating instructions
Towing bridle installation
a. Remove towing bridle from forward storage in void 1.
(1) Activate bow crane by following procedures in TM 55-1930-209-14&P-13.
(2) Open void 1 towing bridle access hatch.
(3) Hook bow crane cable hook into flounder plate of towing bridle in void 1 storage area.
Make sure flounder plate clears sides of access hatch.
(4) Make sure long dimension of flounder plate is vertical so plate will clear void 1 access hatch. Lift flounder
plate out of void 1 storage.
(5) Continue lifting until towing bridle shackles are free of access hatch.
(6) Lay towing bridle on deck and remove crane cable hook from flounder plate.
Attach towing bridle shackles to barge tow padeyes.
(1) Use nut and bolt to attach shackles to padeyes on port and starboard corners of forward weatherdeck. Make
sure each nut is tight.
(2) Secure nut with a cotter pin inserted in bolt hole. Bend it 90 degrees to make sure it cannot slip out
(3) Attach anchor cable to chain link, close to flounder plate before the tug boat receives the tow line.