Conveyors on barges (COB), has recently been developed in the USA as a "quick response" solution to the problems of port congestion. In the COB system, a number of shallow-draft barges are linked by steel trusses within which are installed motor-driven conveyors. In a typical application, 24 shallow-draft barges are placed such that 16 general cargo vessels can be served simultaneously. To commence ship-to-shore discharge operation, a vessel is positioned and anchored off a set of mooring buoys alongside one of the "finger-piers". The vessel's own gear is used to discharge cargo from vessel holds onto the "finger piers" and the cargo is then placed on conveyors which automatically transfer them to terminating conveyor sections on land from which trucks are loaded for onward movement of cargo inland. The article describes the system and compares it with existing schemes.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Cargo Systems International

    Arun House, 201-205 High Street
    New Malden KT3 4BH, Surrey,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Liu, Dan
  • Publication Date: 1978-6

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  • Accession Number: 00190410
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 28 1979 12:00AM