Arcosa ‘Container on Barge’ Barge

Hopper barges have been used to carry containers for years, yet they are not specifically designed for them.

Arcosa’s container barges cover the bottom with a series of spaced 12-inch pedestals to better handle the point loads. Each barge is 70 feet wide by 200 feet long: twice the width of a standard barge. Its inner corners are squared rather than rounded to better fit containers. Each barge can carry 72 40-foot containers or 144 20-foot containers. That’s 40 more 40-foot containers than two standard barges would be able to handle, using the same space in a tow.