Transports Systems
Modulate River Ferry
Project acronym: TRANSFLOTE
L. Lincoln

The system logistic TRANSFLOTE proposed bases on a military equipment system used during Second World War, so much for English as for the Germans, that was modified and adapted, also taking in consideration systems of river transports used in current Europe and USA.

The system TRANSFLOTE takes advantage and already improves existent technologies, summarized in cost advantages, time of construction and functionality. The present document simply intends condense arguments presented during International Conferences on Industrial Logistics.

The project author has several years of experience with projects of naval engineering, during which the generic methodology for fluvial transport was developed that count the theoretical basis for the present project, more specific for the needs of fluvial transport of agricultural products, wares, vehicles, equipments, liquids and fuel and public transport.

The theoretical project belongs to Arquitec Naval, a naval consultant company with several articles published in recognized magazines and known so much national as internationally.
In the case of the project TRANSFLOTE, the complementation among the technical knowledge of naval engineering and economical analyze of engineering projects should provide the clients with a technical support of the highest level in an area relatively new and of high technology.


The innovations of the system TRANSFLOTE can be summarized in the following way:

¤ The system proposed uses modulated barges from individual pontoons modules, with small and dirigible propellers or propelled with water jets.
¤ The fitting system has high reliability, allowing assembling and disassembling in medium periods of five hours.
¤ There is no need of a specialized tugboat, since one of the barges can be self-propelled, nor port demands, since the system includes pontoon modules for embarkment and disembarkation platforms.
¤ The final system has great flexibility and it can be used in shallow rivers, more characteristic of the main fluvial systems.


The proposed system has assorted advantages, among which:

¤ Little influences of fluvial seasonality
¤ Easiness of implementation of links inter-modal transports
¤ Simple and cheap system of assembling and disassembling of barges and convoys
¤ Possibility of transport simultaneous/subsequent of loads liquids and solids.
¤ Applicable to other activities, besides transport, among which civil construction and water works, for example prospecting platforms, bridges constructions,...
¤ Double bottom of barges, satisfying the environmental demands.


Conclusion: The system can be produced at reduced industrial cost, in reduced time in face to traditional systems. For instance, a convoy with three barges can be produced in 90 days at a cost inferior to 1/7 of traditional systems, in the current conditions without counting the evidence of all the advantages in terms of flexibility and operationality listed above.
The traditional systesm request to produce a tugboat basically inside one year.


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