c. Reattach bow crane cable hook to flounder plate. Raise and hold plate at working level while attaching tow line,
or pass flounder plate to tug to attach tow line. Remove crane cable hook.
d. When passing tow chain to the tug boat, freefall the anchor winch cable that is connected to tow chain.
Make sure installed towing bridle clears all deck equipment and anchors prior to
tug taking a pull on the tow line.
Close void 1 towing bridle access hatch.
Place bow crane in stowed position by following procedures in TM 55-1930-209-14&P-13.
Preparation for towing. Trim barge to raise bow 9 inches above stern as indicated on draft marks and secure
Workboat, if being transported on barge.
All deck hatches and soft patches.
All deckhouse hatches, port lights, and doors.
All deck equipment machinery, including shore discharge hose reel, bridge crane outside extension (jib rail), and
anchors and winches.
All interior equipment machinery, including bridge crane and void 4 trolley hoists.
All loose equipment and repair parts.
Towing operations. In towing operations, tug commander is towmaster and has final decision and responsibility
a. Methods of towing and lashing.
b. Lighting and marking the barge.
c. Number of personnel, if any, on barge during tow. Such personnel are under control of towmaster.
Towing bridle storage. Upon completion of tow and when barge is secured, store towing bridle as follows:
a. Activate bow crane by following procedures in TM 55-1930-209-14&P-1 3.
b. After the tug boat drops the towing bridle, turn on the anchor winch attached to the tow chain.
c. Retrieve anchor winch until it is possible to hook bow crane to flounder plate.
d. Attach crane cable hook to flounder plate. Use bow crane to bring plate to forward weatherdeck.
e. If tug personnel have not done so, remove tug tow line and hardware from flounder plate.
f. Remove rivet or cotter pin on each shackle nut and bolt, remove nut and bolt, and remove shackles from tow
g. Replace nut, bolt, and cotter pin/rivet in each shackle and tighten. Always use a new cotter pin.
h. Open void 1 towing bridle access hatch.