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About the Barging Module

The Barging module is a set of features that configures the Veson IMOS Platform (IMOS) to support the workflows particular to the barging business. Since barging involves many short, quick voyages with multiple boats or barges, this is a much different approach to moving cargo than the typical single vessel voyage workflow.

The Barging module adds support for:

  • Boats: Boats are represented as vessels with Type Code Boat.

  • Barges: Barges are represented as vessels with Type Code Barge.

  • Tows: A Tow is a combination of one boat and one or more barges that are working as a unit. A tow goes on a voyage, not an individual boat or barge. Tows are represented as vessels with Type Code Tow.

  • Equipment Contracts: Equipment Contracts support boats and barges. There are two types: Equipment TC contracts and Equipment Spot contracts. Separate pricing for boats and barges is supported.

Barging Workflow

Barging Setup

  • Administrators set up fuel consumption, Rate Differentials, Address Book Reference Numbers, Boats, Barges, and Tows in the Veson IMOS Platform.


  1. The Charterer (moving Cargo inland) records the Cargo information on the Cargo form.

    • If equipment and pricing are known, the Charterer can add these to the Equipment and Pricing tabs on the Cargo form.

  2. The Charterer schedules the voyage. Equipment added to the Cargo flows to the voyage when the Use Equipment from Cargo check box is selected.


  1. The Operator manages the voyage, recording the following information on the Activity Log:

    • Port Activities

    • Movement of equipment in and out of the voyage

    • Equipment delivery and redelivery

    • Rate differentials

    • Delays

    • Cargo Bill of Lading updates

    • Barge fuel consumption

    • Cargo heating information

  2. The Operator creates equipment contract payments and bills.


  1. The P&L tracks daily equipment costs and accounts for rate differentials in complex tow situations.

  2. Finance Operators create, approve, and post invoices.


  1. When the voyage is completed, Reporting Desks run the Bunker Interpolator as part of the Voyage Cost Allocation process. The Bunker Interpolator generates bunker readings for every voyage based on reported fuel readings to estimate Arrival and Departure ROBs for each voyage leg.

  2. This performance data can be exported to a data warehouse and used to identify owners with high- and low-performing equipment.

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