Pilot Safety must be first priority
Portable DVE Barge Tow Configuration
The US Inland Waterway System has over 150 locks and is the largest natural waterway of its kind in the world. Towing barges in these rivers is very challenging. Unpredictable currents, shoals, and weather conditions make the maneuvering of tows over 20 barges difficult. In addition, small tows encounter problems when entering locks due to cross currents at the entrance of the locks.
Numerous accidents are documented in which tows miss lock entrances, causing damage to locks and tows due to low visibility. The accidents cause economic loss due to delays in movement of river traffic, as a result of lock closures requiring repair.