Deck barges carry cargo on deck. They differ in size and structural design, depending upon their intended use. Deck cargos can be pipe, piling, fabricated structures, equipment, rock, palletized material or even horses, cattle, and rocket boosters. Certain liquid cargos may be carried in the interior watertight compartments. Deck barges can be work platforms for workers and machinery, thereby serving as an extension of land. Deck barges may have raised rake decks.
Pile Driving Barge
Pile-driving barges are used in marine construction to drive dock pilings, sheet piling and other marine construction piling. These barges are popular for building boat docks, boat houses, and driving sheet piling.
Crane barges carry cranes, crawler cranes, excavators or any other heavy machinery. Crane barge assemblies may be easily sized and configured to provide additional deck area for material staging and equipment laydown.
Many stream and inshore dredging jobs are more quickly and economically performed with modular barge assemblies and conventional excavating equipment, including:
Drilling barges work well for inland lakes, swamps, marshes and shallow water areas not easily accessed by conventional marine drilling rigs and equipment. Modular barge units and anchoring attachments can be transported by truck into these areas and quickly assembled on-site into shallow-draft, floating platforms.
Barges and drive-on/drive-off ramp attachments can make floating bridges, piers and docks for moving or supporting heavy equipment loads over:
- Canals and streams
- Lakes, inlets and bays
- Environmentally-sensitive areas
Ferries & Transport Barge
Ferries, lighters, supply barges and other load-transport assemblies are easily constructed with portable modular barges and available attachments. These shallow-draft assemblies are normally propelled by tug or workboat. These barges provide a simple, quick and economical method of moving all types of construction material, vehicles and heavy equipment across streams, lakes and other limited-access marine areas.
Hopper barges are used to haul material back and forth and are a dredging industry favorite. The dredged silt is loaded into the hopper barge and then hauled to an off-loading area, while dredging.
Dock & Pontoon Barge
Barges sections are becoming very popular for dock usage. You can spud them in place and be used as a dock at marina, boat ramps, and personal use. The are very strong and sturdy they are much stronger than your typical floating dock structure and will last much longer.
Spud barges are a deck barge or a crane barge that use the spuds to anchor it in place, providing a stable, fixed work platform in the misdle of a lake or river.