Barges and Large Ships

We tend to take for granted when we can shop online or go into a store and get what we want. Behind the scenes, there is ongoing transportation in place. Barges and large ships are a big part of how items get moved and to the right locations. They are able to move heavy amounts of items across bodies of water. Once they are at a dock, the items are then moved further by trucks.
A barge is a type of ship that has a flat bottom. They are smaller units and it is this flexibility that makes it possible to get merchandise loaded and moved. There can be quite a few barges on any large ship to make it efficient and functional. Each barge can weigh up to 20 tons so you can imagine the amount of weight these large ships are able to hold and successfully move through the water ways.
Some of them go half way around the world in order to pick up or deliver merchandise. The docks in various countries are a very important part of the overall economic structure of the world. There is a detailed system in place of what goes into the barges and large ships, how the inventory is controlled, deliver, and more. It is a very complex system that continues to improve with new technology.
How do you get those barges onto the larger ships? When you see them all stacked up, you may assume a crank. The design of the larger ships allows them to go under the water to bring the deck down for the barges to be placed on them. They are secured in place and then the larger ship is raised back up.
It can take days to get the loading done for the materials and for everything to be inspected before the ship can move down the path it is supposed to navigate. The crew is responsible for keeping the items secured, for paying attention to the weather, and more. When they get to the destination, they help with the unloading and verification of the items.
The large ship is then loaded up again to go to a new destination. This is how the import and export business works with the barges and the large ships. There can be a great deal of fraud and illegal activities so that is always watched for. Some cargo is randomly opened up and looked at. This helps to ensure there aren’t drugs, guns, ivory, or other items that shouldn’t be among the cargo being smuggled into and out of countries.
The laws can vary from one country to the next in regards to what can be imported and exported. This is why it is important for all involved to be well aware of the laws and how they can be different where they left from or where they are headed.
The captain of these large ships is responsible for the cargo, the crew, and the navigation of the ship. They have plenty of responsibility on their shoulders to ensure all goes as placed from start to finish with each trip.

Use for Marine Salvage

Our a-frame barges at can be mobilized throughout the inland waterways and are specialized for high current and shallow water operations. These rigs are maintained and operated by seasoned crews who can adapt to changing conditions as the project evolves.

Isi strives to meet our client’s objectives through for safe and efficient work practices. We possess the experience and professionalism needed to achieve all project goals.

Inland salvage inc. Specializes in turn-key projects involving the handling of large, heavy cargo and equipment for maritime industry clients. Combining experience, unique approaches and a solid understanding of the marine environment isi can provide the equipment and personnel to handle the most difficult heavy lift projects.

Isi naval architects can develop lift plans, sea fastening plans, and provide engineering support to the project. Our heavy lift superintendents are trained and experienced in safe work practices and all members of our rigging teams follow strict safety protocols. Dive teams are the back bone of our salvage and wreck removal operations. Isi divers are certified and comply with all osha, usace and uscg regulations. Divers are full time direct employees of isi with an average of 10 years’ experience in the salvage industry.

Isi divers effectively make clean cuts in blackwater and high current environments. We have strict safety protocols at included in our dive safety plan to protect divers from possible underwater explosions due to cutting gas build up.

Isi divers at are capable of directing multiple cranes to set rigging for heavy lifts while operating in no visibility conditions and contending with harsh river environments. Isi dive supervisors coordinate with divers, topside personnel, and crane operators to safely achieve rigging objectives.

Isi divers are familiar with basic naval architecture and can effectively survey hull damage and casualty disposition. From these surveys, salvage plans and damage reports are developed.

Isi divers regularly cut access holes and penetrate sunken casualties to perform air-lifting, underwater burning and welding. Divers are also experienced in “tunneling” underneath casualties using high pressure water jetting in order to properly place rigging. Isi dive supervisors and salvage masters at closely monitor and coordinate the above operations to ensure the safety of the diver.

Isi salvage divers are also capable of the following; underwater welding, search and recovery, patch installment, fuel lightering, hot tapping, and dredging.