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McDonough Marine Service has a large and varied fleet of flat deck barges available for charter. These barges are designed to carry cargo on deck and differ in size and structural design, depending on their intended use. Deck cargos include pipe, piling, fabricated structures, equipment, rock, palletized material or even horses, cattle, and rocket boosters. In some instances, certain liquid cargos may be carried in the interior watertight compartments. Deck barges are also used as work platforms for workers and machinery, thereby serving as an extension of land. Some of these barges may have raised rake decks. Please contact us for more information on the capacity, load marks, and dead weight of specific barges.
Drop Spud Barges can be specially built to support a working crane. This type of barge typically has a boxed stern that provides maximum flotation while operating a crane. Extra strengthening is generally provided under the crane working area by use of additional bulkheads, internal trusses, or deck frames. Wooden crane mats should always be used to further distribute the concentrated load and provide traction for the crane. Drop spud barges can also be used for transportation of general cargo or as work platforms. The spuds are operated by a crane placed aboard the barge or by a spud-winch that may be installed.
Hoppers are usually of double-hull construction, wherein the sides and bottom of the cargo hold are separated from the hull by void spaces. These barges are designed for efficient transport of commodities in bulk, such as grain, coal, sugar, ore, steel, aggregates, timber products and numerous other cargos.
Hopper barges have a boxed, single raked, or double-raked hull configuration. The hoppers may be covered or open. Covers provide protection of cargos from outside elements. Covers may be roll-top (telescoping), or lift-off (stacking) type.
McDonough Marine Service has various barges designated for use in nonhazardous oilfield waste service. These are deck barges with cargo bins and open hopper type barges, both having stabilizing bulkheads in the cargo compartment. These barges are used at oil well drilling sites to contain and transport any liquids and (shale) cuttings produced by the drilling operation that cannot be discharged overboard because of environmental considerations. This cargo is then disposed of by an approved processing company. These barges are subject to rules and regulations promulgated and enforced by the U.S. Coast Guard, which publishes appropriate manuals for public guidance.
McDonough Marine Service offers barges engineered and constructed to transport heavy and concentrated cargo loads. These barge sizes range from 150’ to 400’ in length with designed deck strengths up to 4500 lb./sq.ft. Since many cargos may not require high deck load capacity, McDonough Marine Service offers a large and diverse fleet to transport over-size cargo.
Oceangoing barges are designed for the transportation of cargo in open sea states. The deck barges provide advantages with open deck space for over-sized cargo, as well as shallow port access. These barges are built to the requirements set by the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), as the building Class Society. The Class Society is charged with vessel inspection, construction parameters, and verification of standards. The corresponding Class Society documents are required to be carried on board the vessel at all times.
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