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Title: Barge names and numbers
Post by: villager on April 18, 2017, 10:00:55 pm
It is probably something that most of us here already know, but I cannot find any explanation. Why most barges names contain numbers (e.g. Max 1234 or Big 6789 or America 3456)? It doesn't seem to be linked to their size, capacity, hull numbers or ordinal numbers.


Title: Re: Barge names and numbers
Post by: Captain Ted on April 19, 2017, 01:19:00 am
I assume that there are that much barges in countries like USA that they would run out of names. call them Kirby 001 and 002 and so on if the owner is KIRBY is easy and easy to recognise.


Title: Re: Barge names and numbers
Post by: davidships on April 19, 2017, 09:02:37 am
Also, companies don't necessarily start at "1" - they may start at 100 or 1000 or something else (if only to avoid "leading zeros", like 001).  Some will design numbering systems with the some digits representing size (eg tonnage or length), the year of purchase, the type etc.  Capt Ted picked the best example - Kirby alone have nearly 1200 barges on the US register that are numbered just like that.