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How far upriver does the barge traffic usally run? Just wandering in case we fish at night up river. They monitor VHF #13 right?
 

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Barges run all the way up to just below Richmond. There are working plants just below AnnCarrow landing (Richmond Waste Water Treatment plant). Rock, sand, gypsum etc.

The only place to get away from them would be in the loops.

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moniter channel #16
 

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tugs will be monitoring ch. 13.


the main thing is just to stay out of the way(out of the channel) when you see one coming.

keep in mind also, there is a huge blind spot, about 250 ft in front of the empty barges, if you cant see the pilothouse, the pilot cant see you

please dont shine a spot light into the pilot house, 1 we are blinded, secondly, we have right of way, lastly, at 300ft. PLUS it takes a long time to stop, turn or do much of anything that isnt already planned. these problems are compounded when we are loaded, 5000 tons of rock take a while to stop from a whopping 5 knots, try about 9 mins, backing full astern!

at night, we run a yellow flashing light, on the center line of the barge, as well as red and green in the usuall places.


we normally put out a security call at major turns....brandon point, fort powatan, approach to ben harrison, city point, turkey isl. cut, jones neck cut, approach to chesterfield pwr plant., jimmy deans, kingsland reach, deepwater termianal.

i run the MISS GILL, and we frequent the james, normally atleast once a week. feel free to say hello on CH. 13.

Danny
 

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thanks for the info capt, im always amazed at the control yall keep on the barges im sure its a heck of lot harder than you make it look.

can anyone say BARGE bite[excited]
 
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