Small ideas for a big project

The Romane's project :

A ten years old project
Background : a ten years old project

Wide rivers and canals concentrate activity and economical development, eco-friendly, a plus for us all.

Use of peripheral sites enables industrial development as well as distribution sites, avoiding excessive concentration within certain zones.

Industry and agriculture mass produce to reduce costs. Transport solutions adapted to production must be sought.

World trade craves transport solutions that are globally and economically viable, distributing as close as possible to the consumer site.

Due to their nature or dimensions, certain merchandise is not transportable within the current transport infrastructure.

Transport globalization and loading concentration, the decline of the older maritime infrastructure is also visible.

The Romane Project is aimed at offering reliable transport, integrating waterway and maritime infrastructure that already exists, whilst reducing costs.

Inland and sea navigation each has their own transport specifications.

The aim is to adapt both techniques together, whilst upholding their specificities.

Fluvial-maritime waterways enable this type of transport. However, its use is limited due to waterway capacities, canals and locks, plus the boat's technical characteristics.

Standardization of waterways and canals on a European level now allows for a Waterway / Maritime evolution.

Economy and "Supply Chain"
Stock Management on-water
Economy and Supply Chain : stock Management on-water

Barge may be used as storage, upstream or downstream of the production, avoiding extra costs, and also increasing storage size.

Freight is available for transport immediately worldwide.

Barges have standard sizes, enabling them to take different wide waterways. They are specialized according to their cargo, (miscellaneous, liquefied gas, refinery products, outsize transport, containers and mobile boxes …).

Towboats are adequate motorization for taking a charge of two barges. Compared to the weight of cargo being transported, it is economically and ecologically a wonderful type of transport.

A semi-submersible barge-carrying vessel would allow for long distance transport, between smaller harbours.

As barges can be self-loaded in or near harbours, without compelling timetable (harbour opening hours, handling waiting times on the different terminals…) shifts may be optimized.

Maritime activity would be between 90 and 95% of the overall time. Reducing distribution time, or on the contrary, allowing for longer journeys, thus expanding activity.

This vessel is no longer dependant upon a specific market as the barges are already specified. Depreciation of the vessel is balanced thanks to multiple cargoes.

Barge(s) and vessel tandem
Implementation : barge(s) and vessel tandem

To respect the waterway and canal navigational restrictions, maintaining maximum transport capacity, standard barge dimensions are as follows :

  • Length: +/- 80.00 m
  • Width: 11.40 m
  • Height: +/- 5.06 m
  • Max. draft : 3.00 m
  • Barge DWT : 600 Tons
  • Barge GWT (including cargo) : 3 300 Tons

The vessel will have the following dimensions :

  • Over length: 110.00 m
  • Over width: 31.10 m
  • Propulsion : 2 GNL and 2 Dual Fuel. Two electric Pod
  • Loading deck length: 85.00 m
  • Loading deck width: 23.00 m
  • Vessel DWT: 6 000 Tons
  • Vessel GWT: 12 400 Tons
  • Draft with full cargo : 4.50 m
  • Commercial speed : 15 Knots

Technical details :

  • Air and water ballasts (Deck submersion in full charge 3.20 m in 1h30)
  • Motorization options (Lng, Hydrogen, dual fuel…)
  • Scientific corner
  • Hydraulic picket
Barge specialisation
An example of outsize merchandise transportation : The Volga express
Barge specialisation : an example of outsize merchandise transportation : The Volga express
  • The Soyouz rocket is positioned at it’s assembly site.
  • The barge is pushed along the Russian waterway awaiting it’s cargo.
  • Perpendicularly positioned alongside the quay.
  • Ballast enables leveling the deck with the quay.
  • Hatches will be stored on the quay.
  • The bottom of the hold is positioned at the bridges level thanks to hydraulic pistons and an attach system.
  • Loading of the trailer alongside the quay using ballasts in real-time.
  • Positioning of the trailer in the hold.
  • Positioning of the hatches.
  • Towboat pushing on the Russian canals.
  • Loading onto ship.
  • Reverse operations in French Guyana.
  • UA second barge may carry all accessories.
Technical and financial studies
Each case is specific
Technical and financial studies : each case is specific

Our studies are based upon the specialisation of barges including modifications on existing barges (LNG, chemical products, Ro/Ro…).

The transport contract may be mixed Fluvial and Maritime or simply Fluvial or Maritime.

The barges available are unique to every contract :

  • end user owned barge,
  • army owned barge,
  • occasionally rented barge.

Leading to real flexibility and adapting to the different freight being transported.


This type of alternative transport perfectly integrates today’s logistics supply chain.

It is economically and ecologically viable, whilst adapting to ever increasing volumes.

We are at your disposal for any further points you may wish to discuss concerning this project.

We would like to thank you for your time.

Romane BL SAS - Jean-Louis BEAUPARLANT - 37, rue du Panier - F.13002 Marseille - Tél. : (33) / (33)