ⓘ Pallet Shuttle Barge

                                     

ⓘ Pallet Shuttle Barge

A Pallet Shuttle Barge or PSB is a cargo ship designed to operate on inland waterways for the transport of goods on pallets or in big bags. It is a type of catamaran with two parallel hulls supporting a vast cargo deck. It was designed to offer a competitive alternative to freighter trucks to reduce traffic congestion and carbon emissions. One PSB has the same loading capacity as 10 cargo trucks cutting carbon emissions by a third.

Compared with traditional cargo ships of the PSB offers a number of advantages:

  • Operable by single crew.
  • Smaller size barges resulting in lower operational costs and allowing access to smaller inland waterways.
  • A small draft 2.2 m when fully laden allowing access to undeep waterways.
  • No living accommodation on board of the barge.
  • Equipped with Azimuth thruster propulsion and bow-thrusters using less power than trucks to transport the same quantities.
  • Goods are transported directly on deck, not placed in a hold. The deck offers space for 200 pallets per layer, stacked up to at least 4 m high.
  • Equipped with its own crane enabling independent loading and unloading, requiring little or no port infrastructure.
  • A safe and shorter loading and unloading process because the goods do not need to be moved into containers first.
                                     
  • Shuttle Carrier Aircraft ferry flights generally originated at Edwards Air Force Base in California or on one occasion White Sands Space Harbor in New
  • like the shuttle s 60 - foot 18 m - long payload bay. Packed inside it were the MRM - 1 module and the cargo - carrying pallet ICC - VLD. Space Shuttle Atlantis
  • RMS to perform the first deployment and retrieval exercise with the Shuttle Pallet Satellite SPAS - 01 conducted the first formation flying of the Orbiter
  • technology experiments, education and art, a cargo bay, an unpressurised pallet for vacuum experiments in space, a robotic arm, and interorbital communication