Other Miscellaneous Types of Barges

Car Float

A railroad car float is a barge that’s unpowered with rail tracks mounted on deck. It’s used to move railroad cars across water, or to locations they are otherwise difficult to go to. They’re pushed by a towboat or towed by tugboat. In this sense, a car float is a more specialized form of a train ferry.

Dutch Barges

Dutch barges are flat-bottom boats, that gets its name as they were originally used for carrying cargo in the Netherlands. Many of the Dutch barges have been family-owned and operated – and as such, barge sailing matches in the Netherlands take place with great pride.

Many of the Dutch barges have now been converted for pleasure (see below) or residential use. Most of these existing barges are made of iron or steel and powered by engines, whereas originally, they were made of wood and powered by sail. Though they vary greatly in size, they are generally lighter than the Humber barge.

If you’ve ever visited Amsterdam, you probably have seen floating residential homes along the numerous Centrum canals that were converted from such barges. Since Amsterdam has embraced a number of environmentally friendly concepts, I have often wondered it that extends to such products as janitorial supplies. Just recently I was asked to search out the best environmentally friendly industrial janitorial products for the company I work for in the US. I was pleasantly surprised to find an online site that has a large selection of “green” industrial janitorial supplies. CleanIt Supplies has a vast array of products- not all are “green,” but they offered a very good selection of those that are environmentally aware. In addition I was able to also order high quality “green” toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, hand soaps for our washrooms. A number of their paper products are free of inks, dyes and fragrances meeting the Green Seal environmental standard for bleaching, de-inking and packaging. Likewise their selection of “green” industrial cleaning products for the floors, sinks, mirrors, etc are free from harsh chemical fumes or chemical residue. I’m sure anyone with allergies to fragrances and harsh chemicals would really appreciate such products. I bet there are similar e-commerce sites that residents in Amsterdam could also buy environmentally friendly residential and industrial janitorial products.

Pleasure Barges

A pleasure barge is a flat-bottomed barges that’s used for leisure, as opposed to be used for transporting freight. May regions where canals or rivers play a prominent role, like New Orleans or in Mississippi, use pleasure barges for conducting water-based festivities, religious ceremonies, or simply for viewing the landscape.

Liquid Cargo Barges

Liquid cargo barges transport petrochemicals, such as benzene, styrene, and methanol, along with refined products such as gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Also, black oil products, such as asphalt, No. 6 fuel oil and coker fuel are other items that are tranported by liquid cargo barges along with pressurized products, like propane, butane, and butadiene.

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