Saturday, 28 November 2015
Self Propelled Barges

Self propelled barges show a very promising future in barging solutions, allowing significant cost savings and performance improvements in logistics operations. LDPL have developed a unique self-propelled barge design which has been built in LDPL’s shipyard in Batam Indonesia. Depending on customers operations, self propelled barges can be fully customized to your needs and entirely built and operated by LDPL. This complete control, from design to operations management, ensures clients are provided with a high quality and reliable barging solution where all technical issues have been identified and optimized. LDPL Self propelled barges have been designed in response to the demand for a more flexible, reliable and cost effective barging solution to today's logistics challenges.




Cost efficiency

spbHandling the same amount of cargo, a self propelled unit generates a 5% fuel saving compared to  traditional sets of tugs and barges. In a business driven by scale, the larger capacity of Self Propelled Barges represents a significant cost advantage. With a design up to 16,500t deadweight, self propelled barges allow major savings in cargo handling at loading and unloading points. By lowering numbers and time of shifting alongside jetties or vessels, transshipment performance rate is being significantly improved.


Self Propelled Barge

Their scope of activities combines river and sea sailing, avoiding double-handling in some situations. Self propelled barges will exceed expectations in terms of speed. Their navigation speed reaches 10 knots, twice as fast as than towed barges.

All things being equal, one self-propelled barge can transport the same volume as 2 sets of tugs and barges of the same DWT.

Reliability at sea

LD Ports and Logistics’ self-propelled barges are ABS-class sea going vessels that can efficiently sail distances of up to 1,000 nautical miles while offering 3 major advantages:

  1. They face limited draft constraints, only 5.6m draft for the 12,000 DWT version. Self propelled barges are thus able to easily access jetties or sail on routes even if water the level is low in some areas.
  2. Self-propelled barges are ocean-going vessels and have better seaworthiness than traditional sets of tugs and barges. In swell conditions or choppy seas, self-propelled barges dramatically increase the certainty of supply.
  3. Self propelled barges also have a clear advantage in maneuverability and are of shorter length than sets of tugs and barges. They are also equipped with bow-thrusters, which saves maneuvering time in operations.