Barge transportation system and refurbishing system and method of transporting and refurbishing barges

  • US 7,837,410 B2
  • Filed: 10/27/2006
  • Issued: 11/23/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/27/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of refurbishing a barge having a length of about 100-450 feet (about 30 to about 135 meters), a width of about 30-75 feet (about 9 to about 23 meters), and a depth of about 8-30 feet (about 2.5 to about 9 meters), the method comprising:

  • submerging a transport system into a waterway;

    moving the barge over the submerged transport system;

    moving the transport system in contact with the barge such that the transport system securely supports the barge;

    moving the transport system and barge from the waterway, up an embankment to an on-land position and away from the waterway;

    transferring the barge from the transport system to another transport system;

    moving the other transport system and barge from the on-land position into a covered blast area;

    abrasive blasting an exterior surface of the barge with an abrasive media while the barge is positioned within the covered blast area;

    moving the other transport system and barge to a covered coating area; and

    applying a coating to the exterior surface of the barge while the barge is positioned within the covered coating area.

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