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A fleet of unique transport capabilities enhanced by unrivaled infrastructure.

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Make optimum use of the advantages of the nation's inland waterways with Barnhart's expertise.

Our own fleet of barges, locations near river systems, heavy lift terminals and RO-RO capabilities, along with innovative services such as the "River Train," enhance the cost efficiency and speed of delivering heavy cargo to your site.

As project cargoes get bigger and heavier, inland waterways can provide a solution to the limitations that road and rail can have. Barnhart brings a new level of capability when it comes to barge transport of heavy equipment. Our extensive fleet of hopper and deck barges is enhanced by the "River Train," which facilitates the movement of project cargoes, weighing 150 tons and more, along any of the navigable U.S. river systems.

Barnhart can transport project cargoes from the Gulf of Mexico all the way to the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System. Not only can we provide efficient, cost-effective transport, but our extensive network of facilities along many U.S. rivers, on the Gulf Coast, in Houston and in Chicago enables us to provide you with the breadth of our services. By handling the project cargo at the destination using our own lifting and transport equipment – including onsite RO-RO operations – we can further enhance cost efficiency and speed of delivery.

The Barnhart Advantage

Better Access

Barnhart has its own fleet of deck barges that were designed and engineered to meet the unique challenges of moving project cargo along the inland waterways, enhancing safety, security and your peace of mind.

Gulf Coast to Great Lakes Express

Barnhart's unique capabilities include an innovative solution that can save you time and money in getting over-dimensional cargo from the Gulf to the Great Lakes...and beyond.

We're Always On Your Way

Barnhart's extensive infrastructure across the U.S. – with many locations near the inland waterway systems – allows you to benefit from the breadth of our services, including our fleet of cranes, over-the-road transport systems and knowledge of barge and tug providers.

You Say How Fast

Our River Train service gives you delivery options depending upon how fast you need it there – standard delivery, express or premium.

Direct Access to Heavy Lift Terminals

Barnhart can lower the overall cost of your project by providing direct access to our heavy lift terminals on the Gulf Coast, including Houston, Mississippi River and the Great Lakes.

Access to Massive Inventory

Barnhart gives you access to one of the largest platform trailer inventories in the world. This can mean a quicker response, lower mobilization cost and less chance of delays.


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Water Runner

Barnhart was tasked to transport a 28' diameter x 16' high, 300-ton water runner and a 24' diameter x 3' high wearing ring from the Port of New Orleans to

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Knockout Drum Barging

The biggest challenge in delivering cargo through the Great Lakes in winter is ice. Barnhart moved a 220,000 lb. knockout (KO) drum that was 72' long, 18'

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Power Cable Move

Barnhart provided inland transportation for four 140-ton power cable reels from the Port of Chalmette, LA by barge to an intermediate storage facility in

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Autoclave Transport

Barnhart was hired to receive two 397,000-pound autoclaves from a ship in New Orleans. The equipment was then barged to its final destination in Memphis,

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Tower Transport

Four Texas Towers in Italy needed to be delivered to Illinois. The towers, 87’ long and weighing up to 325,000 lbs., were barged to the Port of Marghera

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Dolly System

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Goldhofer PSTe

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