A LASH vessel stands for Lighter Aboard Ship, and its primary function is loading and unloading barges. Basically, LASH vessel is used for transporting barges, and it is sometimes referred to as LASH carriers, barge carriers, kangaroo ships or lighter transport ships.
The barge, itself, is a boat with flat bottom developed for transporting goods through the rivers and canals that large vessels cannot go through. The typical size of a barge is measured at 195 by 35 feet and can load up to 1,500 tons of goods.
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