DOCKING THE BIG BARGE



THE BIG BARGE

BARGES ARE A WHOLE DIFFERENT ANIMAL WHEN YOU COMPARE THEM TO SHIPS. THE MOST NOTICEABLE DIFFERENCE IS, NO BRIDGE AND NOBODY AROUND TO ASK FOR COFFEE OR SHELTER, FOR THAT MATTER. THE GLAMOUR THE HARBOR PILOTS GET ABOARD A SHIP IS TOTALLY LOST ON BARGES. YOU’RE USUALLY UNDER A GREASED UP CONTAINER TRYING TO SHELTER THE RADIO FROM THE WIND SO THAT THE TUGS CAN HEAR YOU. I LOVE IT; IT’S RAW IN YOUR FACE SHIPHANDLING. SOME PEOPLE SAY ITS CHARACTER BUILDING, I MUST BE QUITE A CHARACTER BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN DOING THIS FOR YEARS. THE BARGES WE HANDLE ARE; CROWLEY RORO 580’ TRIPLE DECK, CROWLEY 730’ RORO TRIPLE DECK BARGES AND THE BIG MOFO FROM TRAILER BRIDGE AT 736’ BY 100 WIDE. WE ALSO HANDLE A SINGLE DECK LOLO BARGE FOR TRAILER BRIDGE THAT IS 400’ BY 100’ WIDE. THIS LOLO BARGE IS REGULARLY STACKED 5 HIGH WITH 53’ CONTAINERS.

THESE BARGES TOW RELATIVELY WELL. ONCE IN A WHILE I GET A CAPTAIN WHO WILL TELL ME THAT SHE’S WILD TODAY. THE CROWLEY BARGES ARE DESIGNED TO BE ON EVEN KEEL, SO THE ONLY DRAG IS PROVIDED BY THE OUTWARD TURNED SKEGS. EVEN WITH SKEGS, TRAILER BRIDGE LIKES TO TOW WITH A 15 TO 22 INCH TRIM BY THE STERN. THE TRIM MAKES HER TOW MUCH BETTER. FOR ANOTHER COOL EDUCATIONAL MUSIC VIDEO NAMED; DOCKING THE BIG BARGE, PLEASE CLICK HERE; THE BIG BARGE


I AM HAPPY TO REPORT THAT WE ARE NOW DOCKING THE BIG BARGE AT THE NEW RAMP ON THE EAST SIDE OF ARMY TERMINAL PIER. THIS MEANS THAT WE HAVE TO SQUEEZ HER BETWEEN A TANKER AND THE DOCK. TRAILER BRIDGE HAS TRUSTED US WITH THIS COMPLICATED DOCKING.

THE FOLLOWING ARE PIX OF ONE OF OUR BANNER SAILINGS WITH AN LPG TANKER AT COD WEST.

DOCKING GURUS PROVIDING MARINE SOLUTIONS AND MANAGING RISK.

SANFI AND I READY TO ROCK AND ROLL!

NOTE HOW WE MUST MAKE UP THE TRACTOR TUG, PROVIDING MORE SPACE AND CONTROL.

HERE WE ARE STARTING TO MOVE OUT OF THE SLIP.

MOVING OUT TO THE TURNING BASIN TO TAKE HER IN TOW.

HERE YOU CAN SEE THE SIZE OF THE BARGE COMPARED TO THE SLIP. BIG FUN!



TUG CENTURION HAS THE BARGE IN TOW OUTBOUND ARMY CHANNEL, TILL NEXT THURSDAY WHEN THE DOCKING GURUS WILL DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN. YUPPEE!