I got a listener question from someone watching a tug go by, who asked what tug crews do if a tugboat loses power while it’s towing a barge? For an answer, I consulted my friend Phil Martin, a retired tug captain who lives on the Long Beach Peninsula. He told me there are no hard and fast rules in such an emergency – depending on conditions you do different things. But it’s certainly a time when tug captains must draw on all their expertise in a critical situation.