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 Today, lighterage is still used in some cases, but it has largely been replaced by other methods, such as containerization.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.