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250 metric tons.
It is intended for transportation of grain crops by small rivers.

The company “Dredgers of Ukraine”, relying on years of experience in the market and careful analysis of the situation in the agro-industrial sector of the country, has developed a unique cargo vessel designed for the transportation of grain crops and other goods along small rivers and water bodies with a small depth of the channel. Small-sized self-propelled barge with a low draft and a capacity of 250 metric tons is the best way to organize transportation in conditions where the use of large vessels is unavailable, and transportation by grain carriers and other land freight transport becomes economically impractical. And we are not talking about the craftsmanship of the “local Kulibins”, but of a craft carefully developed by our experienced engineers with a rich equipment, a set of specialized equipment and obligatory registration in the state register.

New opportunities

Ukraine is an agrarian country. At the same time, in recent years, the number of farms and agricultural cooperatives in Ukraine has been constantly growing. And this increase is provided, first of all, by representatives of small and medium business. Such small enterprises are very often located at a great distance from large agricultural “hubs” and elevators, they do not have their own facilities for storing and drying harvested crops. Therefore, they constitute the lion’s share of the total crops grown in the country, and it is they who each year have to solve complex seasonal logistic tasks. Focusing on the current situation in the agricultural logistics of the country, real experience in organizing transportation of small and medium-sized farms, taking into account the presence in many regions of Ukraine of extensive networks of small rivers and reservoirs, our company has developed a practical, ultimate and economical solution for a huge range of similar tasks.

Four times as economical as a vehicle

Take, for example, a conditional farmer from Cherkasy region engaged in the cultivation of grain. In the harvest season, his farm has to include in the expenditure budget an article on the transportation of harvested grain, which noticeably beats the business profitability indicators and becomes one of the most tangible costs. So, in the absence of its own grain fleet, the cost of transporting one ton of grain by hired vehicles (a 20-ton grain-carrier), on average in Ukraine, costs the farmer 1.20-1.25 UAH per kilometer. That is, transportation of conditional 200 tons of grain to the transshipment grain terminal of Ochakov near Nikolayev (about 400 kilometers of a way) will cost 100 thousand hryvnias. And this is only in one direction, excluding the cost of returning transport to the base of the carrier company, which will certainly be included in the cost of the order. Even with their own fleet, representatives of agribusiness today cannot count on the cost of transporting such a consignment one way lower than 50 thousand hryvnia without taking the road back. At the same time, it is necessary to take into account the depreciation of vehicles, the cost of maintaining the fleet – from full-time mechanics, to drivers in accordance with the number of available cars, maintenance, transport tax and other aspects of the organization of its own logistics department.

The small-sized self-propelled barge DRW-80 from the company “Dredgers of Ukraine” offers a unique cost for delivering one ton of grain or other cargo at this level for such cargo vehicles at a level of 0.3-0.31 UAH per kilometer. Simply put, one “walk” of the barge DRW-80, carrying 200 tons of cargo at the same distance, saves the sender at least 75,000 hryvnias compared to hired transportation and about 50,000 hryvnias compared to self-organized transportation.

Taking into account the fact that the barge travels the indicated waterway in about 32-34 hours, and the grain-carrier in just 4-5 hours, one would assume that 6 or more grain-carriers will have time to transport the same volume of cargo, which means that sense to keep the fleet too large. But in the summer season, when the pavements warm up and the restriction on the movement of heavy trucks in the daytime begins to operate, this figure drops by half. As a result, in order to compare with the speed of transporting barge, an enterprise will need from 10 or more machines.

  • makes the transportation of each ton of cargo at least 4 times cheaper;
  • does not require the maintenance of a large staff for the maintenance and operation of the fleet;
  • allows transportation 24 hours a day regardless of the current seasonal restrictions on the country’s highways;
  • eliminates the basic risks for motor vehicles (accident rate, crime, loss of cargo, poor road condition, and others);
  • allows you to install additional equipment to perform a variety of other tasks;
  • requires significantly lower maintenance costs.

Twice as economical as a large barge

Some agricultural producers who are ready to boast of larger volumes of production often use the services of hired barges with a capacity of 3,000 tons or more. In this case, we can talk not only about the delivery of goods to port terminals, but also about the transshipment of goods to ships at sea practiced today. Such transportation is cheaper than the option of road transport – about 0.6 hryvnia per ton / kilometer, but it has a whole set of nuances.

Firstly, the economic feasibility of using this kind of watercraft requires their full loading – and this is at least 3,000 tons of cargo at a time. Secondly, the loading of a large barge by an agricultural producer requires the availability of expensive infrastructure and a reservoir located near the reservoir with a channel of appropriate depth. The small size barge DRW-80 has a draft of only 130 centimeters, so the culture can be loaded on board in almost any conditions. A fairly flat coastline with a coastal zone depth of one meter and above. The transshipment of bulk cargo is ensured by the use of special vacuum pumps directly from the body of any vehicle used to transport the collected raw materials from storage to the place of loading onto the barge.

It should also be noted that the low draft and small dimensions of the vessel provide it not only with higher maneuverability, but also allows to significantly expand the geography of use – the DRW-80 becomes an ideal choice for small rivers and reservoirs with a narrow and shallow channel, where one of the watercraft used by carriers. And after all, there are a lot of rural farms, processing facilities and industrial productions that have the ability to organize the transportation of harvested crops and other goods to the shore of a small reservoir that has access to the main river arteries in the country. Finally, in terms of real money, the barge DRW-80 is still twice the more economical way to transport cargo across the reservoir from point A to point B. Moreover, owning a small barge can be an excellent way of investing not only savings in transportation, but and to generate additional revenue in the provision of transport services to other cargo owners operating in batches of medium volumes. As a result, the year-round operation of the DRW-80 barge will recoup the cost of its acquisition, maintenance and crew salaries of four people at a distance of 2-3 years, which can be called one of the highest rates today.

  • does not require the attraction of tugboats and towers, because it is equipped with its own power units and is a self-propelled floating craft
  • has the ability to move freely in water bodies with a depth of just over one meter and a limited width of the channel
  • does not require the organization and construction of expensive infrastructure facilities for cargo handling
  • does not require to form a cargo batch of 3000 tons to ensure the most efficient loading
  • offers half the cost of shipping each ton of cargo
  • has a wider range of operational capabilities and is easily re-equipped to perform tasks of a completely different type.

You can get more detailed information about the small size self-propelled barge DRW-80, to clarify all operational, technical and legal details, by contacting representatives of the company “Dredgers of Ukraine” at the specified contact numbers. Contact a specialist of the company, and you will receive detailed information on any question you are interested in: from the additional capabilities of operating a new craft, ending with help in calculating the “basic economy” of such a technical solution in transportation.

Vessel characteristics

Dry weight72t
Power plant SMD-31 (diesel engine)2×200kW
Fuel consumption per hour, nominal (diesel)16l
Rowing-propeller, 100 kW2PC
Rowing-thruster, 70 kW2PC
Nominal stroke7thknots
Fuel tanks 3 x 1000 pcs.3 000l
The period of autonomous navigation7days
Power line12/24V
Accumulators, 2000 Ah6PC
Bunker characteristics
Bunker size252
Vacuum tube for grain unloading1PC
Vortex pump for grain unloading1PC
Manipulator installation1PC
Features of the add-in
Engine room2PC
Auxiliary equipment
Power Winches2PC
Fresh water tank 1 PC1 000l
Electric generator. 220 V, 6 kW1PC
Delivery conditions
Term of construction6months.
Registration in the register of UkraineYes
Cost$250 000