Tugs and Barges

Three Lines Shipping’s diverse contacts with fleet of high-horsepower tugs and large barges and provides the foundation for designing towing and transportation solutions to meet the specific needs of each customer. Three Lines Shipping offers a wide range of tug and barge services – from hauling cargo to assisting large vessels into port.

Our tug and barge chartering team has expanded from a charter provider to a reputable marine logistics provider providing marine transportation, ship brokering, project forwarding and shipping agency services. The equipment and vessels are designed to serve the requirements of any industry efficiently.

We Offer:
  • Services for bunkering & fresh water supply from jetty to the vessel does not matter howsoever far from the land your vessel is anchored
  • Boat services for crew members & sign on or sign of crews
  • Hauling containers or recycled and bulk materials with various special project boats or barges available to fit your needs


Tugs enhance maneuverability of ships especially in confined or challenging waterways like narrow channels, locks and harbors. They also help ships stay in control in adverse weather conditions like storms, strong winds, currents etc. 

A cargo tug is a type of tugboat / secondary boat specifically designed for maneuvering cargo ships within harbors, ports, or terminals. It is also known as a harbor tug or terminal tug, and plays a critical role in docking, undocking and other important maneuvers of cargo ships. 

Towline or towing bridle are commonly used in connecting a barge with a tugboat. Other options include, pushing notches, towing pendant, pushknees / pushbars and Articulated Tug barge (ATB) coupling. 

Tugs are small vessels that maneuver bigger ships in and out of ports through confined waterways. They play a crucial role in safe and controlled movement of maritime traffic.

Vessels on the other hand, is a broader and more general term that encompasses all waterborne crafts with various functions; transportation of passengers and cargo being the most important. 

Barge ship is a flat-bottomed inland waterway vessel that is not self-propelled. It relies on tug boats for maneuvering. Barges are one of the most cost effective and environmentally responsible ways of carrying cargo through rivers and canals. 

Barge boats are long flat-bottomed vessels that carry cargo through rivers and canals. They are propelled by tug boats and can carry voluminous loads that can often scale a thousand tons. The terms barge-boats and barge-ships are often used interchangeably.