A lighterage is the cost of loading or unloading a vessel by means of barges. Traditionally, this has been a very important part of the logistics process, as it allows for the movement of large amounts of cargo without the need for a large dock or wharf. Today, lighterage is still used in some cases, but it has largely been replaced by other methods, such as containerization.

A lighterage includes:

  • the cost of the barge itself.
  • as well as the cost of the labor required to load and unload the vessel.
  • In some cases, it may also include the cost of fuel for the barge.

A lighterage can be a significant expense, particularly for large vessels. In some cases, it may be possible to negotiate a lower rate with the company providing the service. However, it is important to remember that a lower rate may mean that the service is not performed as quickly or efficiently.

Related Links

What is Lighterage? Definition and meaning
Lighterage – definition of lighterage by The Free Dictionary
Lighterage – Global Source Logistics, Inc.