Hiring a barge or some other floating platform can determine whether a project succeeds or fails, so it's important that you get it right. Planning and preparation are vital before you select your supplier.
Determining What You Need
Rental barges can be used for a variety of water-based projects that include providing a stable, floating platform for construction or repair work, or for heavy plant operations. They may also be used for drilling, dredging or similar activities, for the transportation of plant or materials and as storage or access platforms. Additionally, they're ideal for special events, such as firework displays, to provide pontoons and walkways, as floating stages or as temporary floating marinas.
How you are to use a barge or pontoon may determine the level of service you need. You may simply want to hire the barge and operate it yourself or may require a more tailored service that includes assembly of the equipment and provision of specialist operators.
Delivering to the Correct Location
The project you have in mind may be anywhere in the country and so it's important you choose a supplier that can deliver what you need to the place where you need it. That may mean using a company that has multiple locations, including one that is near your project, and barges that are road transportable to a site that may be remote and difficult to access. It may also be helpful if they have modular equipment that can be assembled on site.
Although the location of the required equipment may not be crucial, it could ensure the project runs more smoothly and reduce transport costs.
Choosing the Right Supplier
There are plenty of suppliers around but they're not all the same and the price they charge may be reflected in the level of service they offer.
Ideally, you want a company that is experienced in what it does and has all the necessary certifications and accreditations. It should operate proper health, safety and environmental management systems and have a wide range of equipment so it can meet your needs exactly. And the equipment should be regularly maintained in a professional manner to ensure it's reliable and safe to operate. Ensure you receive all necessary documentation for the barge and any equipment so you can operate it efficiently in a safe manner.
If possible, check with existing customers to ensure the company is a proficient and trustworthy supplier. Using a company that meets all criteria may be reflected in higher charges but will help to ensure your project completes successfully. Going for a lower price to meet your budget may be a mistake if it puts the whole project at risk.
For more information, contact a company like Wingbrook Marine.