Poseidon Barge Ltd. General Use Guidelines

Sectional Barge General Use Guidelines & Damage Assessments

A minimum 100 ton crane is required to off load the barges from the truck to the water. Each barge has a single lifting clevis or shackle in the Single Pick Lifting Clevistop of the barge for easy loading and unloading. Poseidon® 1 -10’ x 40’ x 5’ barges weigh 23,500 lbs. Poseidon® 2 -10’ x 40’ x 5’ Sectional Barges weigh 23,700 lbs. each and Poseidon® 3 Barges weigh 23,700 lbs. each. Tag lines should be attached to the ends of the barges to control the movement of the equipment while in the air. After pulling the barges together, have a couple of men stand on the outside of the barges in order to cause the barge to come together at the bottom. An alternate method is to thread a small choker through the rope thimbles on both barges and lift up slightly with the crane. Once the bottom is together, carefully drop the 55 lb. pin in place being careful not to pinch your fingers.

The Poseidon® 1 barge has a Rendrag® compatible connection system. Hairpin connectors are dropped into position. The 40’ x 10’ x 5’ barges are equipped with 8 connection points on the sides and 2 connection points on the end. Each 40’ x 10’ x 5’ barge can support 35,000 lbs at a 2’6” draft. Rope thimbles on the sides and ends of the barges are used to assist in pulling the barges together prior to pinning.

The Poseidon® 2 barge has a Flexifloat® compatible connection system. The internal locking clasp is pried up with a lifting bar. The barges are pulled together using ropes in the rope thimbles. An alternative method would be to run a small choker through both rope thimbles and lift up slightly with the crane. This will draw the bottom of the barges together. The barges need to be near touching before the locking bar will drop down at the top or the bottom. The locking clasp may be tapped into the locked position with a small hammer.

The Poseidon® 3 barge is Shugart® compatible. The P3 barge has a set of upper and lower angles on the sides and ends of the barge. There are 32 pin holes on the 41’4length and 8 pin holes on the 10’4end. The P3 barges must be assembled so that the narrow side angles fit above and below the wider side angles on he opposing barge. Line up and secure the pin on the end of the barge, then fold the barge together against the opposing barge, drop the pins into the angles beginning at the opposite end.

Poseidon Barge Wood Mats

Poseidon Barge Wood Mats

The contractor must rent crane mats from Poseidon® Barge Corporation or supply and use oak or yellow pine 8” – 12” crane mats when using cranes, excavators or any other pieces of equipment with steel crawler tracks or rubber tire equipment. Below are examples of damage that has occured to barges when they are not used properly. The sides, ends & bottom skin surface of the barge is made of A-36 1/4” steel plating. The tops are covered with a skid resistant 11 gauge patented roll form material. Damage to the barges on the project will be repaired and invoiced back to the contractor. Pictures of the damages will be taken along with an estimate of the repairs prior to the work being completed for the contractor’s review. Below is a sampling of pictures from damaged equipment returned after the project.


Any defect that structurally impairs or degrades the equipment in its ability to perform the intended function and duty including, but not limited to, providing flotation for construction equipment. Or, any defect that materially degrades the commercial resale value of the equipment, beyond an amount typically expected based upon the duration, duty cycle, and type of work performed during the rental period.

Specific Damage Criteria for Equipment Sides, Ends, Decks, or Bottoms:

1) Any structural member deformed by ¼” or greater. (Angle, channel, formed pocket, casting, rope thimble)
2) Any plate section deformed by ½” or greater, regardless of size of defect
3) Any plate section deformed by ¼” or greater when defect distribution is 20% or more of panel square area. (See illustration below).
4) Any hole or tear where steel material is punctured is considered damage.












Sa piraso tops o hugasan-boarding ay nangyayari bilang isang resulta ng hindi gumagamit ng kahoy mats. Napinsala sulok at dulo panels naganap kapag ang mga gilid at dulo ng barge ay hit na may isang maghuhukay bucket o gamit ang push tuhod ng tug boat. ang tops, gilid at dulo ng mga barges ay pinalitan at mga gastos ay pumasa sa sa contractor. Ang panlabas plate ay i-cut out at inalis kasama ang interior nasira angles at istraktura. Pamalit na parte ay welded sa lugar, pinahiran na may bio-float kalawang inhibitor sa interior at ang exterior ay blasted at lagyan ng kulay na may isang Baril Zinc Rich Urethane primer at isang mababang pagtakpan aliphatic polyuria finish. Sa sandaling ang iyong operator ay pinindot niya ang bahagi ng barko na may maghuhukay bucket o isang bato o iba pang mabibigat na mga labi ay bumaba sa barko deck na nagiging sanhi ng isang kuping, titigil agad, kumuha ng litrato sa mga pinsala, dokumento ang petsa at oras naganap ang insidente at iulat ang pinsala sa iyong kompanya ng seguro. Dapat kang magbigay ng tiyak o petsaf pangyayari sa insurance provider sa order para sa pinsala na sakop. Ang operator ay dapat na coached sa tamang paggamit ng mga kagamitan upang hindi ulitin ang pinsala muli. abisuhan Gayundin Poseidon Barge ng pinsala.

contractor ay maaaring pag-isahin karagdagang anggulo bakal, clamps, etc. upang ma-secure ang anumang kagamitan sa barges. Poseidon Barge ay nangangailangan na ang mga item na tinanggal at natitirang fragments lupa pababa sa orihinal na ibabaw bago ang pagbalik ng barge sa dulo ng panahon ng pagrenta. Spray pintura ang ground area na may Red / Brown Rustoleum Paint.

Spuds at bulsa ay magagamit upang ma-secure ang barge sa posisyon sa ibabaw ng tubig. Spuds ay dapat na suportado sa pamamagitan ng dalawang chokers o naylon straps rated sa lift 10,000 pounds o higit pa bago ang driver truck pag-alis ng kadena o straps pag-secure ang spuds sa trak kama. Ito ay siguraduhin na hindi sila roll-off o i-slide off ang trak expectantly. Spuds ay binabaan sa ibaba ibabaw ng lake, lawa o ilog at hunhon sa putik sa ibaba. The barges can also by tied off by rope or cable through the thimbles on the sides or ends of the barges or by using the cleats supplied by Poseidon® Barge.

Do not pound on the top of the spud with an excavator bucket as this will damage the spud. Repairs to the spud due to such activity will be charged back to the contractor. Spuds can be raised and lowered by a crane line or by a hydraulic winch. Poseidon® Barge offers double drum winch units for sale or for rent. 5/8” Steel cable is tied off on the outside of the spud pocket on the lifting eye, threaded through the 20” sheave at the bottom of the spud and then brought up through the spud pocket and attached to the winch. If you run steel cable from the barge or winch across the body of water you are working on to the shore, bright orange vinyl ribbons should be hung from the cable, making it visible to any water craft that is operating in the vicinity.

Rental Rates do not include insurance on the barges. A Certificate of Insurance naming Mid-America Foundation Supply as “karagdagang Insured” sa ilalim ng iyong pangkalahatang pananagutan patakaran, plus listahan amin bilang isang “pagkawala Payee” under your equipment floater policy for dual protection against physical damage must be supplied, prior to shipping the barges to your job site. Additional details and requirements are included with our quote and lease agreement.

Adequate training for operating the equipment, transported and used on the barges is the contractor’s responsibility. Mid-America Foundation Supply, Inc dba Poseidon® Barge are not liable for any accidents due to operation of equipment on the barges under any circumstances including unsafe weather conditions, such as high winds, thunder storms, heavy rains, high wake, and icy or heavy snow conditions or any other hazardous weather conditions. Normal loading, unloading, dredging processes, and high humidity in the air may cause water to pool on all working surfaces on the barges. Care must be taken by equipment operators and workers to ensure the safety of the workers and equipment. Life vests should be worn at all times when working around the water. In sub-freezing air temperatures, ice will form on the barges and crane mats. It is the contractors responsibility to take any and all precautions in safe guarding their employees as well as the general public.

Minimum width necessary to float equipment. Poseidon® does not recommend floating a 25-30 ton excavator on a platform less than 30wide (3 sections 40′ x 10′ x 5′ wide). Bukod pa rito, if you are performing dredging work in hard digging conditions, Poseidon® also recommends a minimum of 4 spuds and pockets to minimize possible damage to the spuds & pockets as a result of the pulling energy caused by the bucket in hard soil conditions. If the contractor observes that Poseidon® equipment is getting dented up, spud pockets are being pulled apart, and or spuds are getting bent as a result of the excavator being too large for the platform, soil conditions are too hard or the operator is using the equipment in a careless manner, it is the contractors responsibility to change the parameters of the project and find an alternative method to complete the project. The contractor is responsible for all damages to the equipment. Just because our barges will float your equipment does not mean they can withstand the additional abuse as a result of difficult & hard digging conditions.

Poseidon® Barge offers static stability analysis for the use of floating cranes. Our analysis is only as good as the information provided. Knowing the make and model of the crane, the length of the boom, the radius you will working with the crane, ang pick ng timbang at ang bigat at uri ng mga karagdagang kagamitan na ay lumulutang sa barge ay makakatulong sa aming mga kawani upang gumawa ng tamang rekomendasyon.

Bago bumabalik ang mga kagamitan, lahat marine paglago at dumi ay dapat na nalinis off ang barges. Marine paglago kasamang barnacles, bryozoans, mollusks, polychaete at iba pang mga tube worm, zebra mussels, damong-dagat, algae & anumang iba pang mga dumi o putik sa barge ibabaw. Ikaw ay maaaring magkaroon upang simutin ang barges at singaw malinis ang mga ito afterward upang patayin ang anumang natitirang mga materyal sa barge. Kung Poseidon ay upang muling linisin ang kagamitan, ang paglilinis singil ay na-invoice pabalik sa contractor.

Lahat ballast tubig at tubig naipon dahil sa paghalay ay dapat na tinanggal mula sa barges bago aangat sa kanila sa labas ng tubig at loading ang mga ito sa trak. Tubig sa loob ng barge ay magiging sanhi ng load na maging sobrang timbang. barge Ang hindi magtataas pantay-pantay sa labas ng tubig dahil doon ay isang solong pag-aangat punto sa tuktok gitna ng barge. din, paglilipat tubig sa loob ng barge maaaring maging sanhi ng barge sa paghahalili sa trak kung ang driver ay may upang ihinto mabilis. Tubig ay maaaring tinatangay ng hangin out gamit ang isang air tagapiga at ang tubig ballast plugs sa itaas na sulok ng barge. Maaari rin itong pumped out o kung kinakailangan, cut a 2” hole on the sides of the barge towards the end approximately 3” from the bottom to drain the water out prior to shipping. Please notify us when doing this, so that we can anticipate the repairs. The Poseidon® Barge system is designed for easy handling and economical transportation to and from your project.

Poseidon® Double Drum Winch: Daily maintenance and inspections should be done to assure safe operation. Oil levels should be checked daily. The key is located on the dip stick when you first receive the unit. The engine should be started and allowed to idle for a minimum 30 minutes to allow the hydraulic oil to heat up. Operating hydraulic equipment with cold hydraulic oil could cause seals to break resulting in hydraulic oil spills. We use 46 weight Clarity Oil in our equipment to minimize environmental impact. Wire cable is not supplied by Poseidon® with the winch. All cable is to be removed prior to returning the winch and the fuel tank should be filled up. Tape the wedges to the drums using duct tape.

Poseidon Sea Bees: Daily maintenance and inspections should be done to assure safe operation. Oil levels should be checked daily. The units should be started and allowed to idle for a minimum of 30 upang 90 minutes to allow the hydraulic oil to heat up depending on the air temperature. Oil levels should be checked on a daily bases. Hoses should be visually check to assure that there are no kinks or leaks in the hoses. If you hit the propeller on a rock or tree, stop the unit immediately and inspect the prop for any damage. This may cause the seal in the hydraulic motor in the prop housing to break or bend the shaft on the propeller. If this occurs, the 8steel tube shaft will fill up with hydraulic oil. If you notice oil leaking out of the top of the steel shaft, shut down the unit immediately and call Poseidon® to make arrangements for a repair.

Winch Units & Barge Pusher Units should be secured with four long chokers attached to the brackets on the frames of the units and supported by the crane line prior to the truck driver removing the chains or straps securing the units to the truck. This will insure that the units do not shift or fall off the truck expectantly causing damage to the equipment or injury to ground personnel. Ang mga yunit ay dapat manatili antas bilang sila ay lifted off ng trak.

Poseidon Barge Wood Mats

Poseidon Barge Wood Mats

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