This small book examines the use of Barge Carrier Systems in marine transport and also identifies possible areas of expansion. The idea of carrying barges on an oceangoing ship became a reality as a way of moving goods more efficiently and economically. On the other hand, the Container or RO/RO Ship is not a solution to what many accept as the fundamental problem--the slow unloading of the ship in port. Following a discussion on technical characteristics of the various barge-carrying systems, Barge Carrier trade routes, comparative costing of systems, and the potential expansion of the barge-carrying system, the author concludes with some general advantages. They are as follows: a) The use of Barge Carriers could be an important factor in reducing congestion in ports. b) Cargo handling from the barges can be undertaken at a wide variety of shallow draft docks and riverside facilities. c) The most salient aspect of the barge is the versatility that derives from its ability to carry virtually any type of cargo--in this sense, the barge is in effect the ultimate form of unitization. d) The Barge Carrier provides a most logical solution to the transport problem in an energy conservation context--less Btu per ton-mile than railways, airways, or roads. An extensive Bibliography containing 90 References on barge-carrying systems is appended.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Benn Publications Limited

    25 New Market Square
    London EC4A 3JA,   England 
  • Authors:
    • HILLING, D
  • Publication Date: 1977

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 130 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00183727
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Naval Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 3 2000 12:00AM