Tug General VIII @ KGV Lock


At the end of what had been a very busy week on the river the more mundane every-day working of the KGV Lock in London’s Royal Docks continued.

Earlier in the week the lock had been the set-up base for the launch of the new Jaguar XE (see report) and after all the glitz and glamour had gone all that remained was the empty pontoon.

HF11 (W) @ KGV Lock 13-09-14

 

This would soon be in use on another job and the space in the lock was needed for another visitor – so early afternoon General Marine sent in their tug General VIII to take care of the tow.

The tug arrived outside the lock and waited whilst the water levels were equalised and then the lock gates were opened to let her in.

General VIII (1) @ KGV Lock 13-09-14

General VIII (2) @ KGV Lock 13-09-14

General VIII (8) @ KGV Lock 13-09-14

It was a bit of a tight squeeze in the lock but the General VIII was soon alongside the pontoon and the ropes were attached.

General VIII (11) @ KGV Lock 13-09-14

Then it was the quite tricky maneuver of reversing the tug and pontoon out of the dock and back in to the river without bending anything!

General VIII (13) @ KGV Lock 13-09-14

After some skillful work the tug and pontoon were safely out in the river ready for the next job.

General VIII (16) @ KGV Lock 13-09-14

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