Lighter Aboard Ship is the name of a type of vessel that carries standardised pushed barges. The pushed barges, that can weigh up to 600 tons when loaded, are loaded and unloaded by means of a heavy-duty gantry crane onboard the ship. Once the pushed barges are loaded in the water, they are interlinked to form major pushed convoys.
LASH vessels are used only in areas with large deltas (the Maas Delta, The Mississippi estuary) as the large pushed convoys can travel deep into the hinterland of these regions.
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