Hauling Freight

May 9, 2012 by in Gallery, Podcast / 0 Comments

In the past, the New York State Marine Highway Transportation Company used the Margot to ship project cargo, i.e. manufactured goods that are overweight and too large to move to their final location by any other way than barge. But with diesel fuel approaching $4 per gallon, it is now becoming economically viable to ship materials like wheat, grain, stones and rock in bulk by canal. The Margot can now compete with tractor trailers and trains, but she’s still limited by the relatively small size of New York’s canal locks. Only one barge, carrying 3,000 tons, can fit in a 300’ by 40’ lock.


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