Port Feeder Barge: Advanced Midstream Handling of Containers – Optionally Fuelled by LNG

A new type of harbour vessel, named Port Feeder Barge (PFB), has been developed by the author to considerably improve the internal container logistics in many major and minor container ports. The self propelled and double ended pontoon type of vessel is equipped with its own full scale container crane. The new type of vessel can either be used for pure transport purposes or for undertaking self sustained loading/discharging operations (as a floating crane) or a combination of both. Hence the PFB is also very well suited to especially perform advanced midstream operation, i.e. serving deep sea vessels at anchor (e.g. in Hong Kong) including shuttling the containers between the anchorage and small container wharfs ashore. Even the standard version of the PFB can serve deep sea vessels of more than panamax beam. By introducing such type of vessel midstream operation becomes much safer and much more efficient with less manpower being needed compared to the traditional Hong Kong midstream barges (HK barges). Due to its special layout as a deck carrier the PFB is also very well suited to be optionally fueled by LNG 1 which would result into an ultimate "green" harbour vessel.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 528-537
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the International Forum on Shipping, Ports and Airports (IFSPA) 2012: Transport Logistics for Sustainable Growth at a New Level

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  • Accession Number: 01485375
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9789623677578
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2013 7:33PM