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One of the most indispensable boats that you will find in Hong Kong's busy harbour are the rugged little tugboats.

These modern tug boats employ the most advanced technology available to control the different engines on board, enhancing their maneuverability and allowing them to pull in any direction: forward, backwards or sideways.

Even with the aid of computers, the tugboat captains must keep a vigilant eye on the elements. One wrong signal and a tug can easily be pulled over, capsized if the tow line is not cut fast enough or run around.

These fascinating workhorses, pack up to 10,000 horsepower into a compact, efficient hull, and they're capable of moving ships and barges thousands of times their weight.

To see this point demonstrated, take a look at Paul Leduc's excellent photo of a tugboat pulling the QE2.

Tech: Cropped, resized for TE and sharpened.

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