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A 300-foot barge from another 300-foot barge launching

When talk about barge carrier people often think about LASH (Lighter Aboard SHip) or SeaBees which equipped with the rail mounted gantry crane or a massive stern lift. Can common barges act as barge carrier for transportation? And how to load/unload the carried barge?

In 2014 September, Eversafe Marine contracted with Indonesian PMG Company to unload one 700 tones weight 230 feet long barge from the barge carrier, one 300 feet barge with 900 tones lightweight. Those two barges were stacked together by floating crane in China then towed to Indonesia. With launching balloons, the 230 feet barge was directly launched into the sea from that 300 feet barge deck.

Mike Jia, the project manager of Eversafe Marine said “The Indonesian launch project arouses lots of interests from shipping companies, WINNING LOGISTIC is one of them. They planned to tow four 1300 tones barges measured by 300 feet long, 80 feet wide from China to Guinea KAMSAR port. To load barge onto another barge is not difficult, considering China has most lifting barges. If the barge unloading problems can be solved then people can stack barges for towing to save time and money.” 

He added, “Those barges have more than 1000 tones weight and same dimensions, to load and unload them is not an easy job. The launch must be precise since there is no room for any launch error. 

Eversafe Engineers arrived in Guinea on 10th June, Incorporated with WINNING LOGISTIC, successfully launched two barges from the mother barges in two weeks. Mother barges were ballasted with about 3000 tones water before launching, 18 pieces airbags with 1.5 m diameter were deployed for the launching. Airbags act as the pneumatic rollers also a massive air cushion between barge carrier and barge that is the key factor of the launch safety.” Mike said so.

Another Manager from Eversafe Marine commented “Airbag launching is a versatile and flexible technology. The success of direct launch vessels from carriers’ deck means a lot: It can be referred for other deck launching projects, such as the jackets launching. It comes to be possible to load and unload vessels without other assistant facilities, only airbags. Deflated airbags occupy little room can travel with vessels anywhere, it is feasible to launch vessels at any place.”