Metso Mining Material handling Pullers Barge haul systems
Metso barge hauling solutions feature industry-leading design and engineering to maximize your process safety, reliability and efficiency.

What can our solutions do for you?

Safety & reliability

Superior safety with fewer repairs and maintenance, lower noise, less spillage and a cleaner environment.

Lower environmental impact

Retrofits & refurbishments significantly reduce raw material consumption when compared with the procurement of new equipment.

OEM quality, warranty & support

Unmatched parts quality with standard factory warranty and dedicated local support.

  • Operates in concert with the unloader or loader providing quicker barge turn around.
  • Safe and accurate method for positioning barges.
  • Breasting systems hold barges securely in place during loading and unloading operations.
  • Positioning systems that stand up to the rigors of the river.

3 types of positioning systems

  • Two units opposed: most common and simple approach.
  • Double drum closed loop: used where rope travel ranges from 150 – 365 m (500 – 1200 ft.).
  • Single drum closed loop: used for shorter rope travel or closed loops up to 180 m (600 ft.).

Shackle and fairlead type sheaves, as well as take-up and breasting winches are commonly used in conjunction with these systems.

Process overview
Process overview

Barge haul systems are used anywhere bulk solids or liquid materials are loaded or unloaded for barge transport, as well as at lock and dam installations.  


  • Fast, efficient fleet turnaround at bulk transfer terminals
  • Holding barges up next to the dock or cells

Applicable industries:

  • Ports and terminals
  • Steel works - Electric power
  • Quarries and aggregate plants
  • Woodchip transloading facilities
  • Feed and grain
  • Industrial minerals
  • Anywhere solid or liquid materials are loaded or unloaded for barge transport, as well as at lock and dam installations.
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