[QUOTE=Capt. Phoenix;184492]I don’t see why a tug needs more than six. Three deck officers, an AB, an AB or OS cook, and an engineer. The AB and cook make rounds during their watch to make sure there’s nothing wrong in the ER, everyone works 4 on 8 off.[/QUOTE]
Back in the Day, this is about what Crowley had on the Invaders. Three deck officers, two ABs, an OS, a cook and an engineer. Engine room was unmanned from 12 to 8 twice a day, but the engineer had an alarm in his cabin that shared a bulkhead with the engine room. . . In times of emergency repairs, a deck hand or two could be used. I usually pitched in on deck during departures and arrivals to make it easier for the guys to help me if needed. I rarely needed their help, though. Really didn’t need anyone to peek into the engine room off watch, either.
[QUOTE=Tugs;184559]Just being curious, what do you class as a Major Repair?
While not really a “Major” Repair, having to swing several Powerpacks (We Carried 4 spares) with the help of a DH (Yes, I have done it) can be done but it’s not much fun. Also on today’s Large ATB’s the Chief is usually responsible for “Repairs” on the Barge. So once again only having ONE Engineer can end up having the CE work well over 12 hours a day.
Having one Engineer on a Harbor boat works out ok but once you start running the coast or further you are pushing your luck![/QUOTE]
I will agree about the ATBs. I was lucky enough to have a company that listened to me when I was sailing on an ATB and yes, all of the sudden all of that equipment on the barge (generators, crane, cargo pumps, mooring winches, ballast pumps, etc.) became part of my daily routine. We went from a two engineer boat to a three engineer boat. Pretty sure that the current operators are only using two engineers, though.