Since its inception in 1969, Barge Carrier Vessel (BCV) operations have expanded greatly, with the number of companies involved, the routes served, and the market penetration by BCVs growing steadily. The article discusses the Barge Carrier's development and its advantages as a freight mover, i.e., its utilization of shallow water berths once made obsolete by advances in maritime transport, and its reduction of port congestion. The article notes the reluctance on the part of some shipping companies to invest in BCV technology, believing it to be economically noncompetitive with bulk transport. Despite this reluctance, the seventies have seen a revitalization of BCV technology with the development of the feeder LASH barge (FLASH) and the self-propelled LASH vessel (SPLASH), as well as the more recently developed Baco Liner I, a float-on/float-off vessel that can carry both barges and deck-stowed containers.

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    Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corporation

    P.O. Box 530
    Bristol, CT  United States  06010
  • Authors:
    • HILLING, D
  • Publication Date: 1980-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 37
  • Serial:
    • Marine Engineering/Log
    • Volume: 85
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: New York: Simmons-Boardman Publishing Corp.
    • ISSN: 0732-5460

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00310806
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1980 12:00AM