An engineering and construction firm needed a deck boat to perform an installation on the Willamette River here in Oregon. They came to Rolling Barge and asked us to convert one of our boat docks into a small work barge to perform the task.
They also needed us to actually assist them with the installation since they were not very comfortable driving a large converted dock up one of the west’s largest rivers. So for a brief moment Rolling Barge was in the self-cleaning intake screen business. We loaded over 2000 lbs of equipment and tools on the barge and drove it upstream about 1 mile. We used the 1000lb davit crane to set our base, our support piles, and our screen in place. This set-up worked very well for our type of in-water work, which consists of components that are too large to handle and a site that was inaccessible by crane (look at the cliff in the images below) The barge worked great and there was lots of space on the deck for our tools.