A Barge is a non-self-propelled vessel of simple, robust and convenient structure. Barges are relatively cheap to own and maintain and can be adapted to satisfy a very wide range of needs. Barges can be used to carry freights across oceans or along rivers, they can support heavy lifting cranes or they can be used to accommodate an LNG power plant.
Capilano Maritime Design Ltd. has successfully designed numerous classes to satisfy our clients requirements.

seaspan barges


Deck Cargo Barges are simple barges designed to carry a wide variety of bulk cargoes such as sand and gravel. They can also be used to transport large modules, or as support platforms during construction operations. Our most popular barge design is the Skeena Class. They are a series of heavy-deck cargo barges with names designating their carrying capacity in tonnes. Barges in this class range from 73m to 110m in length. This class is specifically designed for long distance towing with robust structure and clean stern lines to increase speed and efficiency.


The Hebron Class was developed in cooperation with Seabridge Marine Contractors for supporting the construction of the Hebron Project. All the barges of this class are characterized by a robust and completely flat deck across the whole class. Hebron Class designs range from 34m to 75m.

The Squamish Class is specifically designed to carry woodchips, sawdust and hog fuels. This class presents a flat deck and high box walls. Designs are named after their volumetric capacity.

squamish class


With the Fraser Class, Capilano Maritime Design has begun researching the possibility of a mobile cold ironing solution for ships coming in to BC Ports. Cold Ironing is the process of connecting a ship in port to an external power supply. By connecting a ship to a cleaner power source, it will drastically reduce emissions and the negative impact on the environment.


The Seymour Class of split hopper barges are 55m in length and capable of hauling 1500 cubic yards ( 1150 cu. M ) of waste material in their hoppers.
The hopper slopes of 35 degrees, along with an opening of 24 degrees, ensures a clean dump of whatever waste material is being hauled. The hoppers themselves are fabricated of 16mm plate, backed up by heavy longitudinals and carlins to ensure strength and long life.


The MacKenzie Class of shallow-draft oil barges are specifically designed for operations in northern rivers and coastal areas where water depth limitations must be considered.
The 63.5m long barges are designed to transport up to 1620 cu. M ( 10,190 bbl. ) of fuel oils, as well as deck cargo destined for northern ports.
The barges are fitted with their own pumping systems and are designed to satisfy all relevant rules and regulations.