9 thoughts on ““Is this how to make almost any tug an icebreaker?”–MarineLog

    • Reading the article, it is to be used on a lake that is said to freeze with ice up to 80cm (slightly over 2.5 feet). I guess that is the only indication we get, unless Tups knows.

      • I don’t remember the exact figures, but that sounds about right as it’s a relatively small vessel. However, the technology is easily scalable and, since you don’t have to worry about seakeeping during the open water season – you can go for a slightly more “extreme” icebreaking bow to increase the performance at the cost of slamming impacts in head seas. Perhaps this could be a solution for commercial (contracted) icebreaking in the Great Lakes?

        By the way, this relates to another post you published some time ago – the tug that pushes the removable bow is the one that was fitted with the new ice-strengthened bronze propellers.

  1. I had this idea long ago, but for use by the WLRs in Dist.8(WR). Simply un-couple the ATON barge and hook up the Icebreaking barge. The WLRs sit idly all Winter, and this would keep commerce going on Western Rivers.

    • Indeed, it’s not a new concept – similar things have also been tested and/or used at least in Canada and the Soviet Union – some more successful than the others.


      We built one in the early 1980s while developing a new “extreme” icebreaking bow form for shallow-draught river icebreakers. After the tests, the bow was sold to a towing company that has since used it for icebreaking:

      The one now under construction is actually intended to replace this one. However, whereas the old bow is just a dumb barge pushed by a single-screw tug, the new one has additional propulsion and the pusher is a modern ASD tug.

  2. If you look at a copy of coast guard cutters and craft of ww2 you will see a pic of an inland cutter using an ice plow.

  3. Pingback: “Removable bow turns tugboat into icebreaker” –Marine Log | Chuck Hill's CG Blog

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