Spud Barges & Power Spud Barges
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. 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.
Power Spud Barges
These power spud barges are outfitted with a self contained power units to raise and lower spuds. The units can be friction or hydraulically operated. The barges usually have a boxed stern providing maximum flotation while operating a crane over stern. The uses of Power Spud barges are particularly applicable in reducing the need for a crane for setting of spuds. These barges are ideal platforms for soil sampling, truck mounted equipment, and crane work requiring quick site relocation. Some barges are outfitted with pipe coring holes inserted through the deck and bottom.