(1) A retrieving wire is rigged
(2) The tow has power
(3) Mooring lines are available
f Ensure cargo on the tow is properly secured to prevent shifting in heavy weather.
Use the applicable safety precautions for entering voids and unventilated spaces. Failure to do so may result in
injury or death to personnel.
g. When inspecting a tow, every accessible space shall be checked. All spaces should be completely dry and watertight
h. Check to ensure that vents to tanks and other closed spaces are covered to prevent water entry, but not plugged so as
to prevent the escape of air or gas. Plugging a vent allows pressure to build up within the tank with an increase of
atmospheric temperature. Barge sides and decks have been known to bulge severely. If necessary, cover compartment
vents with canvas socks that prevent water from entering the compartment yet allow air to escape should a pressure
i Ensure that running lights and flooding alarms are operating properly, that batteries are fully charged and battery life is
computed to be sufficient for the transit.
j Ensure serviceable salvage pumps and associated equipment with fuel are safely stowed on board the tow.
k. Ensure that adequate firefighting equipment with fuel, hoses, chemicals, overhaul gear, etc., is safely stowed on board
the tow. Require an operational demonstration that fire pumps can take a suction.
i Ensure that all high-value items on the tow are locked up and inventoried on the tow report form
m. Ensure that provisions have been made for quickly releasing the towline in an emergency.
n. Ensure that provision has been made for streaming a pickup line for the secondary towline.
3-2.10.1 Tug Accepts the Tow. Upon satisfactory completion of the tow preparations and inspection, the Commanding
Officer of the tug shall accept the tow, notify his operational commander and proceed with his mission.
3-2.10.2 Action to be Taken for Unsatisfactory Conditions. In the event that unsatisfactory conditions of
seaworthiness or readiness of the tow are found, and the differences cannot be resolved at the local level, the
Commanding Officer of the towing ship should notify his operational commander stating why the tow is unsatisfactory.
The report should include recommendations for the correction of deficiencies. If conditions or circumstances are such
that a calculated risk is involved, the Commanding Officer of the towing ship should state that he will accept the tow only
on a calculated risk basis
3-3 GETTING UNDERWAY WITH A TOW
A tow can routinely be picked up at a pier, in the stream, at anchorage or at sea. Ocean-going tugs should not be asked
to maneuver unassisted in restricted waters If possible, the tow should be delivered to the tug by harbor tugs, or harbor
tugs should be available to assist the tug/tow to navigable waters.