Barge and Tugboat Services Key Terms
Key terms for services provided by tugboats and bargesFor companies that are located near rivers or major ports, barges and tugboats can be an excellent way to deliver your goods. While it can take a long time to ship goods by barge, the cost savings makes it worthwhile. Still, there are many words that are specific to the industry. If you want to ship using barges and tugboats, you should know, for example, whether you need an inland or ocean going tugboat and if you will purchase or simply charter.
Inland and ocean going tugboats
Hopper bargesHopper barges have an inner layer that is used for storing the goods. It is ideal for shipping bulk items. Some are covered while others are open-air.
Deck bargesA deck barge has a large flat surface and goods such as pipes are stacked on top of the barge. Occasionally, liquids are stored in the bottom compartment. One potential use for a deck barge is as a work platform, acting as an extension of the harbor.
Tugboat charterMany companies do not need the full-time services of a tugboat, so they charter one. This allows them to use a tugboat as needed, without having to pay for its full-time care.
Certificate of Financial ResponsibilityA Certificate of Financial Responsibility is given by the National Pollution Funds Center. It proves that a tugboat or barge company has the necessary insurance to deal with any hazardous spills. If you're hiring a tugboat, make sure the company has this certificate.
Ship dockingOne of the main purposes of tugboats is to assist with ship docking. Tugboats are small and can push or pull much larger ships. They can be used to help bring these ships into the dock.
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