Terms & Glossaries of Shipping and Trading


A small vessel designed to tow or push large ships or barges.

What is Tug?

"Tugs have powerful diesel engines and are essential to docks and ports to manoeuvre large ships into their berths.

Pusher tugs are also used to push enormous trains of barges on the rivers and inland waterways of the USA.

Oceangoing salvage tugs provide assistance to ships in distress and engage in such work as towing drilling rigs and oil production platforms."