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large boat, generally flat-bottomed, used for transporting goods. Most barges on inland waterways are towed, but some river barges are self-propelled. There are also sailing barges.
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(Russian, likhter; from Dutch lichter), an unpowered maritime freight carrier used with tugboats to transport cargo and also used in nonberth cargo operations to load and unload deep-draft ships that cannot enter port and are waiting at a roadstead. Lighters sometimes have their own loading equipment.
a non-self-propelled cargo ship with a shallow draft and simple lines that carries loads on its deck; it is used chiefly for transshipping operations in roadsteads. Lighters may also serve as supports for floating bridges.