Log Barge Unloads Like a Boss


So what exactly is going on here? What you are looking at is a log barge. Specifically, this vessel is known as the Sea Span Phoenix. It was designed to dump a massive load of logs into the river for them to be floated to the local mill and processed. Though it looks a bit clumsy, it is anything but.

At first glance, it appears to be one of those epic fails. It looks like this ship loses its load a couple of times, and almost capsizes in the process. However, you will notice a few common denominators are strikingly absent. Usually, in most fails people are screaming or waving frantically. There is none of that here. Also, in epic fails you can sense the tension and anxiety of the situation. That does not appear to be the case here. In fact, I hear cheering in the background if my ears are being honest with me. More on that in a minute.

What if I told you this is safer and more efficient than traditional methods of moving logs down river? Typically, they would be towed to the site by smaller vessels like tugboats. However, this is much more difficult to accomplish in rough weather. Little boats with long log ponytails are not good friends on rough water. Having a barge like the Sea Span Phoenix makes weather a non-issue.

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Plus, moving massive amounts of logs from forest to mill has become a money game. There is a great need for moving larger load volumes of timber to mill in order to maintain a hea