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Old 02-23-2010, 09:32 PM
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Default Stacked Barges

Greetings From New Olreans ,
This is just one example how the barges are placed on top of one another before they are then loaded on to the submersible ship and or submersible barges before they make the trip to the different South American ports of call .
Smooth Sailing !
Ted Davisson

Originally Posted by Ted Davisson View Post
Greetings From New Orleans ,
The majority of the submersible ships & barges that come up the Mississippi River are generally loaded in two locations : one being the Zito buoy system , river mile 106.5 and 106.8 LMR , ahp and the other location is in the LaPlace buoy system , river mile 133 and 134 , LMR , ahp .
These particular submersible ships and barges are especially tricky to navigate due to their rather unusal hull design and the draft or depth that they are usually loaded to . Another contributeing fact that makes these units difficult and awkward to navigate is the fact that with the submersible ships , the Bridge or Pilot House is loccated all the way forward of the vessel and will throw off the Pilot's judgement especially when it comes to steering around the many hard turns on the NOBRA Pilot route . With the submersible barges that are also loaded with the river towboats and barges , these are towed on a hawser by a Sea Going Tug and this manner of navigation also comes with its own unique set of hazzards and issues as well , especially in a High Water river condition .
Just another day at the office !!
Smooth Sailing !
Ted Davisson
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