What happened to the Flying Phantom tugboat?
Tugboat owner Svitzer Marine was fined £1.7m after it admitted failures. The Flying Phantom, which was based at Greenock, Inverclyde, capsized and sank in heavy fog opposite Clydebank College in West Dunbartonshire on 19 December 2007.
What caused the Flying Phantom to sink?
The sinking occurred when the Phantom ran aground and was overtaken by the 77,000-tonne cargo ship Red Jasmine, which pulled the tug on its side.
What is Girting of a tug?
Girting has been defined as when high athwartships towing forces cause a tug to be pulled sideways through the water by the towline. If the tug is unable to manoeuvre out of this position it is likely to capsize.
Why is the River Clyde important to Glasgow?
It is the ninth-longest river in the United Kingdom, and the third-longest in Scotland. It runs through the major city of Glasgow. Historically, it was important to the British Empire because of its role in shipbuilding and trade….
How deep is the river Clyde in Glasgow city Centre?
The Firth of Clyde is the mouth of the River Clyde. It is located on the west coast of Scotland and constitutes the deepest coastal waters in the British Isles (it is 164 metres deep at its deepest)….
|Firth of Clyde|
|Max. depth||164 m (538 ft)|
|Surface elevation||Sea level|
|Islands||Isle of Arran, Isle of Bute, Isle of Cumbrae|
What is a gob eye?
gob eye or gob rope – device for moving the towing point of a tug low and aft.
How do you prevent girding?
To avoid girding:
- know the length of the towline, and the position of the tug.
- know the location of the towing point.
- understand that the risk of girding increases if you change speed or course.
- never tow when the winch clutch is engaged, unless you’re adjusting the length of the tow.
What is the mouth of the River Clyde?
Firth Of ClydeRiver Clyde / Mouth
Can you swim in the Firth of Clyde?
One of the ‘attractions’ of open water swimming is cold water and the water temperature of the Clyde varies between 6° C in February to 15° C in September. And some of our local swimmers participate all year-round. So if you are in the area and are already a keen swimmer, get in touch!
How many barges can a tugboat pull?
A typical River tow might be 35 to 42 barges, each about 200 feet (61 m) long by 35 feet (11 m) wide, configured in a rectangular shape 6 to 7 barges long and 5 to 6 barges wide, depending on the number of barges in tow.