What is a barge

A barge is a type of vessel that is typically used on canals and rivers for the purpose of carrying goods. Barges are long and narrow in size with a flat-bottomed surface, and are controlled by either a propeller or a tugboat or towboat towing it. Barges travel at a relatively low speed and are therefore not regarded as the favored method of transportation for heavy goods.

Features of a barge

A barge is a long, narrow vessel that is typically used for the purpose of transporting low value heavy bulk goods. Although they are typically used on canals and rivers, they can also be seen on oceans, on a much larger scale. Barges are able to carry up to 1500 tons of cargo, however due to competition from other forms of transportation, including trains, ships and planes, many barges have become obsolete and have since reformed as luxury private barges for leisure purposes.

There are many different types of barges ranging from an admirals barge, car float, crane barge,liquid cargo barge, log barge, oil barge, power barge, and royal barge. Depending on the type of barge, the use of the boat will vary; however, in general most barges are used to transport low value goods due to the low costs involved in operating a barge.

Barges primarily travel on canal routes, as opposed to the open sea. They will travel up or down an inland river system or costal waterways and will require large barge poles in order to prevent the boat coming into close contact with other barges, vessels or a wharf.

When deciding to purchase or operate a barge either for commercial, transportation or private use, it is advised that you consult with a yacht broker or other experienced professional in order to gauge an understanding of how to operate a barge, routes that can be taken, costs involved in purchasing and operating a barge and also your rights and obligations as a barge operator.