" Victorious and John J. Carrick are somewhat unusual in that they are joined by the Articouple articulated coupler system, which is made in Japan and not often utilized in North America. The system is similar to the Intercon or JAK coupler system except that the rams that protrude out from the side of the tug are hydraulically powered.
The choice of coupler system was dictated by the presence of the same system on the barge Norman McLeod and the tug Everlast. The company elected to go with the same Articouple system so that both tugs and barges could be totally interchangeable. â€œThat may not have necessarily been our first choice in this new situation, but we really did not look at another system because of the advantage of having the same system on both of these ATB units,â€ said Hickingbottom. â€œNow we can have either tug handle either of these barges and that has got to be positive news for our clients,â€ he added. For enhanced maneuverability and underway efficiency, the new barge is equipped with a bow thruster while the tug has controllable pitch propellers. "
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