What You Need to Know About Barge Offloading

September 11th, 2017 by Javeler Marine Services

Barge offloading is a complicated process. The more you know about it, the easier it will be to get the job done. You can then ensure that dredge material and more is taken care of so that you can focus on your operations more effectively.

What material do you have?

The kind of material you have on your barge is going to make a difference. This will help to determine the kind of equipment that will be needed to assist with the offloading. For example, if the material is loose, then a scoop will be used. Otherwise, it might be necessary to have more of a grabber

The weight of the material will also play a role in it all. The heavier the material, the more complicated it will be to do all of the offloading. It will require specialized equipment. Not all companies have the equipment that is needed to do all types of barge offloading. As such, you need to look at what a company has done in the past in terms of the materials, the weight, and more.

How much material is it?

There’s a big difference between having 1500 cubic yard capacity of material versus 15,000 cubic yards. This is going to play a role into how the material is offloaded as well as the time that it will take. You will need to identify the total capacity from the very beginning. Whether it is dredged material or some other material, the company needs to know about it so they can determine what equipment is needed. It will also impact the total cost of the service.

Where is it going?

Where the material is being brought will also be a factor. There might be an assigned disposal area, a tank on another barge, or it might be dispensed into geo-textile tubes. Whatever the situation, you have to consider where the material is going. It will make it easier for you to ensure that the process is handled properly.

Many companies fail to consider where the material is going. It’s not until they discuss the options with a company that they determine where the materials should go. When you are looking at barge offloading, this has to be a top consideration. The equipment, the costs, and the amount of time it will take to complete the project will all be dependent on where the material is going.

It’s important to ask a lot of questions when you’re scheduling a barge offloading. A reputable company will be asking you a lot of questions as well. This will ensure they understand the full spectrum of work that needs to be done so that they can identify the right equipment and all of the right procedures.

Barge offloading is an important aspect of your operations – and one that needs to be done. If you don’t have the experience or equipment to do it, then it’s best to work with a company who has the experience and who can help you carry it out properly.