Glossary of Shipping Terms


A barge is kind of cargo-carrying vessel designed to transport passengers or goods through rivers or canals. Normally, these shipping vessels are long, flat-bottomed boats that does not have a self-propelling mechanism. A barge have to be pulled by a tow or a tug boat.

Today, heavy freight shipping has become difficult, which makes a barge, perfect to carry heavy loads or bulky cargo.  A standard barge has a capacity of 1500 tons, measure 195 feet long and 35 feet wide. Some have open top while there are covered barges to transport dry or liquid cargoes.

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