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What Is a Spud Barge?

The offshore and maritime industries are full of unique pieces of equipment, workstations, and job titles. Understanding these aspects can help workers and their loved ones better understand their positions. For example, a spud barge is a type of barge that is moored by using through-deck pilings or steel shafts, which are commonly referred to as spuds (hence the name).

There are number types of barges, from crane barges to hopper barges. Spud barges in particular are used for various operations in the maritime industry. These barges provide a solid work platform for offshore and other maritime projects. Each spud usually weighs around 5 tons, require extensive work to correctly position them.

Purpose of a Spud Barge

Made from fabricated materials or pipe sections / logs available, spud barges are most frequently used as work platforms in rivers or littoral waters, aiding with canal maintenance or expansion, oil rig work, and much more. Each “spud,” or cylindrical object / pipe, is driven into the floor of the sea or river to create increased stability.

Some services spud barges are commonly used for:

  • Crane work
  • Marine salvage operations
  • Demolition projects
  • Pipeline construction / hook up
  • Driving pilings
  • Plugging / abandonment
  • Heavy equipment transportation
  • Pipeline repair

Barges are very efficient, carrying more than 15 times the amount of materials or equipment a rail car could carry and 60 times as much as a truck. They also provide effective workstations for maritime construction and other projects. Barges, however, must be transported by a tugboat or other vessel.

What Happens After a Spud Barge Accident?

If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries while working on a spud barge, now is the time to talk to a seasoned barge accident attorney. Spud barges are utilized for all types of projects—most of which involve heavy equipment, cranes, and other possible dangers for workers. A spud barge accident can be devastating. From falling objects to slip and fall accidents, workers face a number of hazards. Just as any other maritime vessel, spud barge owners must keep their barges seaworthy and safe for workers.

Call the team at Arnold & Itkin to discuss your case. Our barge accident lawyers are ready to help.

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