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Babun, tugboat captain Morgan Van Vleet with the Miami River Towing Company back throttles at the controls to hold steady in the current.
The two ships are designed to function as icebreakers, tugboats, and patrol vessels.
Abu Sayyaf gunmen have kidnapped crewmen from Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam on board passing tugboats and cargo ships and held them for ransom on southern Sulu and outlying islands in recent years.
When the expansion first opened, not all tugboat captains had been fully trained in the new procedures.
The USS Dewey, another destroyer, and two naval tugboats were at the scene, about 12 miles from the Izu Peninsula and 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, searching for the missing sailors on Saturday.
The Arthur Foss is a revered piece of Pacific Northwest history: Launched the year Washington became a state, the tugboat was built in Portland to move ships on the Columbia River.
The ship was last seen near the pier, flanked by the two tugboats that helped it return from the site of the collision off the eastern coast of Japan.
The USS Dewey, another destroyer, and two naval tugboats were at the scene.
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First Known Use of tugboat
TUGBOAT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tugboat for English Language Learners
: a small, powerful boat that is used for pulling and pushing ships especially into harbors or up rivers
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Definition of tugboat for Students
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