At the end of February one of our mini tugs
“Lenny” together with a small 20 tonne barge “Cowley” were
despatched to Hanwell on the Grand Union Canal to work on a
towpath improvement project.
A contractor working on behalf of British
Waterways has been digging out the old towpath and
re-instating a new towpath with a type 1 aggregate base and
The mini tugs, which are only
4.2m long, are particularly useful on stretches of canal
with numerous locks and short lengths of canal (pounds)
between the locks as they can turn easily in confined spaces
and fit in the locks with the barge.
The 20 tonne capacity barges
work well when the contractor’s compound is close to the
working site as they will carry a 20 tonne lorry load of
materials such as aggregate and tarmac making efficient use
of lorry deliveries to the compound.