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Barge

A large boat with a flat bottom that does not propel itself. Barges must be attached to a tugboat or towboat to be transported. They are used on rivers and canals, primarily to convey cheap cargo in bulk. They were more common prior to the introduction of railroads during the Industrial Revolution.
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As part of the PFS, barging costs have been estimated to include the loading of river barges at Banda, river travel, transfer costs at Escravos, ocean travel to the floating transhipment facility, subsequent loading of OGV's and owner operating costs.
This option extended the river barging leg to reach a proposed stockpile site near the mouth of the Forcados River.
Within the oil and gas industry, it also provides oilfield support services, including barging modules, drill rigs and drill rig consumables, "or anything they need to drill that hole with marine support," Craig Tornga, vice president of Crowley Petroleum Distribution says.
The barging concept that allows for the greatest freedom is that which you rent and pilot your own boat.
While most of the Ohio River has returned to more normal conditions, the lower Mississippi River is currently experiencing the worst operating conditions in many years with productivity and the cost of barging operations being severely impacted.