The History of Barges

The History of Barges

A barge is defined as a type of marine vessel that’s mainly used for cargo transportation. They don’t move independently like a boat; they float and are towed or tugged by other vessels. Barges are flat-bottomed to ensure maximum cargo capacity and are used in lakes, canals, inland waterways, and ...

Inland Waterway Glossary

Whether you’re new to the maritime industry or have been up and down the river countless times, brushing up on terminology is a great way to keep learning. Here’s a list of commonly used terms. Bank: Also known as the riverbank, this is exactly what it seems -- the land on ...

Waterways Around The World: The Grand Canal

We couldn’t create a series about waterways around the world without exploring the Grand Canal in China. The Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal is the oldest and longest man-made canal in the world to date. It begins in Beijing, China, and stretches 1,115 miles to the southern city of Hangzhou. It links ...

Waterways Around the World: The Panama Canal

In this blog post, we're continuing our discussion about important waterways around the world. I've already talked about the waterways of Europe and the Suez Canal, but now it's time to explore the Panama Canal and its role in waterway transportation. Located in Panama and connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, ...

Waterways Around the World: The Suez Canal

It’s not often that inland waterways make mainstream news, but Egypt’s Suez Canal has been showing up in plenty of headlines lately. The artificial canal that connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea makes up part of the Silk Road that facilitates travel between Europe and Asia and is ...

The Sustainability of Barges

Barge transportation not only accounts for nearly one-fifth of the country’s freight, but it also carries the lowest unit cost due to capacity and is a sustainable approach compared to road and rail logistics. Consider this: The capacity of one 15-barge tow equals 216 rail cars or 1050 trucks. While ...

European Inland Waterways

Because we work with customers across the inland waterways in the US, it’s easy to understand what kind of impact they have on the commerce and economy of the country. However, there are inland waterways that support maritime logistics in areas all over the world. In this post, we’ll dive ...

Navigating the Rules of the Inland Waterways

Just like the roadways and railways have regulations and rules to keep everyone safe, so too do the inland waterways. The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972, also called the 72 COLREGS, were created to help better manage waterways for safety and legality. Within these regulations are the ...

The Guide to Types of Barges

Barges are crucial for keeping the inland waterways running smoothly, and you may be surprised to find out there are several types of these amazing vessels that are used all over the world. The official definition of a barge is just that -- a marine vessel that’s primarily used to ...

The Role of US Inland Waterways

Inland waterways in the US are a critical part of our infrastructure. They transport over 600 million tons of freight every year for both importing and exporting, and their origins can be traced back over 400 years back to the colonial period. To say that inland waterways are integral to ...

The US Coast Guard and the MTS

The US Coast Guard (USCG) is an integral part of “maritime safety, security, and stewardship” and has been a part of countless rescue and search missions, Homeland Security operations, and environmental protection. A large part of their mission is also the management of the Marine Transportation System (MTS) that makes ...

The Past and Present of Inland Waterways

The Past and Present of Inland Waterways. Even though the nation’s inland waterways help facilitate the transportation of 600 million tons of freight each year, many of us still don’t know the history of waterways or how they’re currently maintained to keep things moving seamlessly. From their origin to how ...

The Benefits of Barge Transportation

The Benefits of Barge Transportation. When it comes to logistics, barges are an often-overlooked mode of transportation. While truck and rail transportation is commonly used and more visible, there’s plenty of evidence to support the benefits of transporting goods across waterways instead of land. Ranging from financial to environmental, there’s ...

Exploring the World of Barges

Exploring the World of Barges. Whether you’re new to the marine industry or you’re a more seasoned veteran, it’s always fun to visit the basics of barges. Did you know we have been using marine barges in the modern world since before the Industrial Revolution?  A barge is defined as a ...