Transport Canada advises risks associated with beaching barges for repairs

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Transport Canada has issued a bulletin addressing the risks associated with partially beaching barges for repairs or lay-up due to unavailability of drydock, unforeseen needs, or attempts to reduce maintenance costs. The bulletin outlines the structural concerns when a barge is partially beached, highlighting that such practices can induce excessive stresses and bending moments on the structure, potentially leading to deformations, parting of weld seams, and weakening of the hull. These damages could result in serious consequences like hull cracks, water ingress, pollution, and environmental damage. Transport Canada advises that any beached or grounded barge undergo a condition assessment by a qualified marine surveyor before resuming service. The agency is collaborating with port authorities to oversee such activities and may detain unseaworthy barges post-beaching. Barge operators are encouraged to notify Transport Canada prior to beaching operations and provide a condition assessment to avoid service delays.

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