Barge Transportation

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Access to the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System affords industry the option of using barge transportation for shipping machinery and equipment that may be too big for the road and rail, for acquiring raw materials used in manufacturing and construction, and distributing finished products. In an ever changing global marketplace, this option has provided Port Industries valuable and sometimes critical flexibility.

One barge offers the carrying capacity equivalent in tons to 15 railroad cars or 60 semi-trailer trucks, while on average, a gallon of fuel allows one ton of cargo to be shipped 155 miles by semi-trailer truck, 413 miles by railcar and 576 miles by barge.

Typically bulk, break bulk and liquid cargos move from origin to destination by more than one mode of transportation. Bulk and break bulk cargos move by some combination of barge, rail and truck. Liquid cargos may add pipeline to their combination of transportation modes.

The transportation cost savings attributable to barge transportation are greatest when origins and destinations of the cargo are nearest to the ports along the inland waterway system. For this reason, more and more transportation sensitive companies are locating their facilities along the waterways.
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Barge Shipping Time to and from Major Cities 
CityBarge Days
Memphis5
Baton Rouge7
New Orleans8
Chicago10
Pittsburgh14