Transportation: Barges That Cross the Ocean

Every business student learns in one of his first classes that shipping by water is the cheapest but also the slowest way to move goods. Only those who go on to become freight managers discover that the longest delays nowadays do not occur at sea. Dock congestion around the world has become so common that general cargo ships spend about half their time in port loading, unloading or just waiting—even when the docks are not shut down by a longshoremen's strike.

Shipbuilders are now trying to speed things up by building vessels designed to carry loaded barges across the ocean....

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