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Barge Types

There are many different types of barges, each designed to meet different needs, cargoes and waterways.  Below is a brief guide of the different types of barges and what each one is typically used for.  If you are unsure what you need, contact the Celtic Marine and Logistics location nearest you for help.

Capacity

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Open Dry Cargo Barge
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  • 195′ Long
  • 1,530 Ton Capacity
  • Usually Carries: Coal, Steel, Ore, Sand, Gravel, Lumber
Covered Dry Cargo Barge
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  • 195′ Long
  • 1,500 Ton Capacity
  • Usually Carries: Grain, Soy Beans, Salt, Sugar, Paper Products, Packaged Goods
Inland Liquid Cargo Tank Barge
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  • 297′ Long
  • 1,000,000 Gallon Capacity
  • Usually Carries: Petroleum Products, Petroleum, Fertilizer, Chemicals, Orange Juice
Coastal Ocean Going Tank Barge
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  • 550′ Long
  • 225,000 Barrel Capacity
  • Usually Carries: Petroleum and Petroleum Products

Standard Containers

20' Standard Steel Container
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Description

Metric

U.S.

Cubic Capacity

33.200 cubic meters

1,170 cubic feet

Payload (Weight)

21,850 kg – 28,160 kg

48,171 lb – 62,082 lb

Tare Weight

2,150 kg – 2,220 kg

4,740 lb – 4,894 lb

Max Gross Weight

24,000 kg – 30,480 kg

52,911 lb – 67,197 lb

Internal Length

5.898 m

19’4″

Internal Width

2.352 m

7’9″

Internal Height

2.392 m

7’10”

External Length

6.058 m

19’10 1/2″

External Width

2.438 m

8’0″

External Height

2.591 m

8’6″

Door Opening Width

2.340 m

7’8″

Door Opening Height

2.280 m

7’6″

Lashing Rings

Five on each top and bottom rails, capacity 2,000 kg; Three on each corner post, capacity 1,500 kg

40' Standard Steel Container
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Description

Metric

U.S.

Cubic Capacity

67.700 cubic meters

2,391 cubic feet

Payload (Weight)

26,760 kg – 28,760 kg

58,996 lb – 63,405 lb

Tare Weight

3,720 kg – 3,740 kg

8,201 lb – 8,245 lb

Max Gross Weight

30,480 kg – 32,500 kg

67,197 lb – 71,650 lb

Internal Length

12.032 m

39’6″

Internal Width

2.352 m

7’9″

Internal Height

2.392 m

7’10”

External Length

12.192 m

40’0″

External Width

2.438 m

8’0″

External Height

2.591 m

8’6″

Door Opening Width

2.340 m

7’8″

Door Opening Height

2.280 m

7’6″

Lashing Rings

Ten on each top and bottom rails, capacity 2,000 kg; Three on each corner post, capacity 1,500 kg

40' High Cube Steel Container
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Description

Metric

U.S.

Cubic Capacity

76.400 cubic meters

2,700 cubic feet

Payload (Weight)

26,750 kg – 28,550 kg

58,974 lb – 62,942 lb

Tare Weight

3,730 kg – 3,950 kg

8,223 lb – 8,708 lb

Max Gross Weight

30,480 kg – 32,500 kg

67,197 lb – 71,650 lb

Internal Length

12.033 m

39’6″

Internal Width

2.352 m

7’9″

Internal Height

2.698 m

8’10”

External Length

12.192 m

40’0″

External Width

2.438 m

8’0″

External Height

2.896 m

9’6″

Door Opening Width

2.340 m

7’8″

Door Opening Height

2.585 m

8’6″

Lashing Rings

Ten on each top and bottom rails, capacity 2,000 kg; Three on each corner post, capacity 1,500 kg

45' High Cube Steel Container
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Description

Metric

U.S.

Cubic Capacity

76.400 cubic meters

2,700 cubic feet

Payload (Weight)

26,750 kg – 28,550 kg

58,974 lb – 62,942 lb

Tare Weight

3,730 kg – 3,950 kg

8,223 lb – 8,708 lb

Max Gross Weight

30,480 kg – 32,500 kg

67,197 lb – 71,650 lb

Internal Length

12.033 m

39’6″

Internal Width

2.352 m

7’9″

Internal Height

2.698 m

8’10”

External Length

12.192 m

40’0″

External Width

2.438 m

8’0″

External Height

2.896 m

9’6″

Door Opening Width

2.340 m

7’8″

Door Opening Height

2.585 m

8’6″

Lashing Rings

Ten on each top and bottom rails, capacity 2,000 kg; Three on each corner post, capacity 1,500 kg

Cargo Capacity Equivalents

Equivalent Lengths

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Equivalent Units

To transport 1,500 tons you would need:

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Railroad Equipment

50' Standard Boxcar
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The 50’ standard boxcar fleet can carry from 70 to 100 tons. Our cars are equipped with either cushioned or rigid underframes, single or double sliding or plug type doors. Interior arrangements include nailable steel or wood flooring, rails, bulkheaded and other securement methods.

Boxcars carry a wide range of products, from rolled paper, pulp, newsprint, metals, building materials, appliances, food products, or any bagged and palletized material.

60' Standard Boxcar
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Similar to the 50′ standard boxcar but 10’ longer in interior length. All cars are equipped with cushioned underframes and doors come in several configurations.

The additional length makes it especially useful for paper service or lighter products that tend to “cube out before weighing out.”

50' Hi-roof Boxcar
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The 50’ hi-roof boxcar fleet is similar to a 50’ standard car with an additional 2 feet of interior height. This is known as a “Plate F” boxcar. All CSX 50’ hi-roof boxcars have a load capacity of 100 tons and are equipped with cushion underframes and plug doors.

These cars are used primarily in rolled paper service as the extra height is needed to accommodate the larger rolls which are now commonplace. They can also be used for similar commodities handled in other 50’ or 60’ boxcars.

60' Hi-roof Boxcar
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The 60’ hi-roof boxcar (Plate F) is similar to 60’ standard cars with an additional 2 feet of interior height. All offer cushioned underframes with capacity up to 100 tons. Car doors come in several configurations.

60′ hi-roof cars are the primary choice for appliances, along with rolled paper and auto parts. The additional space makes it especially useful for lighter products that tend to “cube out before weighing out.” They can be used for all the commodities handled in other 50’ or 60’ boxcars.

86' Auto Boxcar
86-boxcar railroad equipment

These are exceptionally large boxcars, 86’ long, 10,000 cubic feet, with a hi-roof (Plate G) built specifically for shipping automobile parts and appliances. All offer cushioned underframes with double plug or sliding doors.

While designed for specific markets, when availability permits, these cars can be used for lightweight but bulky shipments such as tissue paper or insulation.

General Purpose Flatcar
general-purpose-flatcar railroad equipment

Flatcars provide an open platform offering flexibility that no other freight car can provide. They range from general purpose to very specialized designs to move extremely large and heavy shipments (multiple-axle, platforms, tie-downs). These cars come in several lengths and configurations and are used to transport a variety of products, from transformers to tractors.

Bulkhead Flatcar
bulkhead-flatcar railroad equipment

Bulkhead flatcars are similar to standard flatcars, with the addition of a heavily-braced wall at both ends of the car. This enhancement offers additional lading protection and securement.

A variation of the bulkhead flat is the V-deck pulpwood car, designed to transport logs cut to 5′ lengths for delivery to paper mills. These cars come in several lengths and are used to transport structural steel, pipe, steel plate, logs and building materials.

Centerbeam Flatcar
centerbeam-flatcar railroad equipment

The centerbeam flatcar contains a center spine that makes it ideal for carrying lumber, panel and other building products.

Centerbeam flatcars carry lumber, wallboard, other dimensional and building products.

The standard 73′ centerbeam flatcar has a carrying capacity of 195,000 lbs. or greater. 61′ centerbeams also are available.

Covered Hopper
covered-hopper railroad equipment

Covered hoppers have a roof equipped with hatches for loading material into 2, 3 or 4 compartments. The bottom section of each compartment has a gate for unloading. A wide range of car options are available depending on the commodity, including special interior linings or hatch and gate configurations.

Cars are generally divided into 2 groups, based on cubic foot capacity: small (less than 3,500 cuf) and jumbo (more than 3,500 cuf). Weight capacity is 70 to 110 tons.

These cars are designed for bulk commodities that require protection against the elements and/or contamination. Product type, density and loading/unloading requirements will determine which car is best suited for your needs.

Open-top Hopper
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Plain Gondola
plain-gondola railroad equipment

Plain gondolas are open, flat-bottom cars used for a wide range of commodities that are impervious to weather conditions. Cars vary in length up to 65 feet, with the sides ranging from 4’ to 8’ in height.

Metal, coal, coke, aggregates, sand, ores, gravel, slag, scrap, poles, railroad ties, etc.

The equipment is differentiated by side height and cubic capacity.

Coil Gondola
topless-coil-gondola railroad equipment
covered-coil-gondola railroad equipment

There are both covered and open coil gondola cars equipped with adjustable, expandable cross members (Callahan bars) that lock coils securely in position. Wood or metal lined troughs add to cargo protection.

The covered coil gondola is used exclusively to handle coiled sheet steel.

Open coil cars carry coiled product that does not require protection from the elements.

Cross members (Callahan bars) 6 per car are 19 inches wide and 79 1/2″ long. The 100-ton coil car can accommodate a variety of coil sizes in the same load, from 30″ to 84″.

Tank Car
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Tank cars are very specialized equipment for the shipment of bulk liquids. Cars are supplied with various linings, loading and unloading fittings, safety appliances, and other characteristics as dictated by regulations.

The primary types of tank cars include:

  • General service
  • Heat coil and insulated cars
  • High pressure tank cars
  • Acid and liquid sulfur cars
  • Tank Train cars

Tank cars, which vary in size and shape, carry all types of liquids, from corn syrup to chemicals.>

CSX does not own or can provide tank cars.

Auto Rack
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Open-top hoppers are used for handling bulk commodities that are impervious to weather conditions. The bottom section consists of divided hoppers (3 or 4 compartments) with gates or doors. Some open-tops are equipped with rotary couplers, which allow the car to be turned over for rapid unloading. Various cubic footage and weight capacities up to 110 tons are available.

These cars carry products like coal, coke, aggregates, sand, ores, gravel, slag and scrap. Product type, density and loading/unloading requirements will determine which car is best suited for your needs.

Bi-level and tri-level rail cars are designed to transport pick-up trucks, minivans and sports utility vehicles. Each rail car has a maximum load capacity of 10 to 15 vehicles.

Products like larger tractors, motor homes and military vehicles move on uni-level flat cars.

Inside length: 89 ft, 4 in
Inside width: 8 ft, 7 in

Bi-Levels:
A-Deck height: 7 ft, 4 in
B-Deck height: 7 ft, 10 in

Tri-Levels:
A-Deck height: 5 ft, 3 in
B-Deck height: 5 ft, 3 in
C-Deck height: 5 ft, 5 in

Trucking Equipment

Flatbed Trailer
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  • Maximum Legal Weight: 48,000 lbs
  • Maximum Dimensions: 48′ long x 8.5′ wide x 8.5′ high
Single-Drop Deck Trailer (aka Stepdeck trailer)
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  • Maximum Legal Weight: 48,000 lbs
  • Main Deck Maximum Dimensions:  37′ long x 8.5′ wide x 10′ high
  • Front Deck Maximum Dimensions: 11′ long x 8.5′ wide x 8.5′ high
Double-Drop Deck
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  • Maximum Freight Weight: 45,000 lbs
  • Main Deck Maximum Freight Dimensions: 29′ long x 8.5′ wide x 11.5′ tall
  • Front Deck Maximum Freight Dimensions: 10′ long x 8.5′ wide x 8.5′ tall
  • Rear Deck Maximum Freight Dimensions: 9′ long x 8.5′ wide x 10′ tall
Double-Drop w/ Detachable Deck (aka Lowboy, RGN)
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  • Maximum Freight Weight: 44,000 lbs
  • Main Deck Maximum Freight Dimensions: 29′ long x 8.5′ wide x 12′ tall
  • Front Deck Maximum Freight Dimensions: 10′ long x 8.5′ wide x 8.5′ tall
  • Rear Deck Maximum Freight Dimensions: 9′ long x 8.5′ wide x 10′ tall
Enclosed Box Trailer (aka Dry Van)
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  • Maximum Legal Weight: 48,000 lbs
  • Maximum Dimensions: 48′ long x 8.5′ wide x 8.5′ high
Stretch Flatbed
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  • Maximum Freight Weight: 48,000 lbs
  • Main Deck Maximum Freight Dimensions: 37′ long x 8.5′ wide x 10′ tall
  • Front Deck Maximum Freight Dimensions: 11′ long x 8.5′ wide x 8.5′ tall
Stretch Single-Drop Deck
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  • Maximum Freight Weight: 43,000 lbs
  • Main Deck Maximum Freight Dimensions: 38-63′ long x 8′ wide x 10′ tall
  • Front Deck Maximum Freight Dimensions: 10′ long x 8′ wide x 8.5′ tall
Stretch Double-Drop Deck - 2 or 3 Axle
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  • Maximum Freight Weight: 40,000 lbs
  • Main Deck Maximum Freight Dimensions: 29-50′ long x 8.5′ wide x 11.5′ tall
  • Front Deck Maximum Freight Dimensions: 10′ long x 8.5′ wide x 8.5′ tall
  • Rear Deck Maximum Freight Dimensions: 9′ long x 8.5′ wide x 10′ tall