Push navigation

Pushers boats are placed behind pushed barges as a means of propulsion whereas tug boats are used for towing vessels and can also assist sea-going vessels and pushing units.

The split of the pushers and tugs capacity is a bit different from the one of cargo or tanker vessels since pushed units are still widespread in Central and East Europe.

Number of push boats and tug boats in Europe in 2014 (in units)

Sources: Eurostat, National sources, Danube Commission (for Netherlands partly estimations)