The theme of this study is the comparison of a barge transportation system with an existing trucking transportation system for the movement of steel products in Venezuela. The comparison, as base of the analysis, takes as its objective the maximization of real Venezuelan income. The analysis stresses the trade-off between maintenance costs on highways versus the capital and operating costs of the barge system. For the barge system, we consider expenses due to equipment acquisition and manning, cargo handling and port charges, and port improvements, as well as demurrage costs that may be generated at the existing facilities. In relation to the traffic distribution patterns, four different options are observed. The important point is the variation in the total traffic as a consequence of changes in the mean distance from the dispatching points to the consuming centroids. The results show that by implementing the proposed system, it is possible to accomplish a net effect on real Venezuelan income at least equal to the truck fleet capital cost required to do the same job, if the distribution patterns continue the same as at present. To estimate the total costs of the barge system a computer program belonging to the Ministry of Public Works of Venezuela was used. It is presented as an appendix.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Department of Ocean Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Authors:
    • Orea, H J
  • Publication Date: 1974-9

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  • Accession Number: 00080030
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MS Degree
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 16 1975 12:00AM