Category: European Barges

ARA Barges Workshop Amsterdam May 2013

1st August 2013 phil European Barges 0 Comments

I was delighted to be invited to this event in Amsterdam earlier this year.ESS, or Electronic Shipping Solutions to give them their full name, have been developing electronic Bills of Lading and associated documents for a number of years, and whilst the idea of eB/Ls have been around for a while ESS have certainly succeeded […]

Where is that Barge?

1st August 2013 phil European Barges 2 Comments

I was interested to learn that a group of companies under the umbrella of LEAP are looking at a standard format for Barge Receipts and Timesheets.  This is a good thing and I commented on this in Asdem’s Oil Barge Newsletter No.3 although it may take some time to get adopted at all terminals. I […]

European Barge Contract Standardization – LEAP

10th September 2012 phil European Barges 0 Comments

Those of you that attended the Barge Conference in May this year will know that there is an initiative going on where the trading terms around barge cargoes in Europe will be standardised. I agreed to report back and I know that Roger Sepkes is giving his view in the Asdem newsletter – to […]

European Oil Barge Conference – Review

14th May 2012 phil European Barges 2 Comments

Last week I was at the first European Oil Barge Conference in Rotterdam and here is a quick summary of what went on: Mark Richardson, Senior Barge Operator, Hess Energy Trading Co. Ltd Mark’s opening paper “Barge Operations Past, Present and Future” was a great start to the conference giving us all a history lesson […]

How to Resolve your Argy-Bargy

2nd May 2012 phil European Barges 0 Comments

This post first appeared in May 2012 Asdem Newsletter.  To see this Newsletter please go to and look for the ‘Newsletters’ tab Argy-bargy is an old term for a wrangling argument or verbal dispute derived from an old Scottish word argle, which is assumed to be a derivative of the word argue. I think this is a good […]

Part-Time Terminals in the Barge market

18th April 2012 phil European Barges 0 Comments

Part-Time Terminals in the Barge market Welcome to my first blog. I will be commenting on all things connected with shipping and trading with particular focus on oil tankers and barges. This first blog is about the ARA barge market, and if you’re not interested in barges please look in later for other articles – […]