FMT Dry Cargo Equipment for Lease

   At FMT Dry Cargo we strive to be the best inland river transporter of dry bulk cargo.  We offer a large fleet of dry cargo barges for lease to transport a variety of bulk and non-bulk commodities.  Potential customers who take the time to investigate barge shipping options will be pleasantly surprised with the tremendous cost savings over straight land based transportation services.  An example:  One gallon of diesel fuel will move one ton of freight 59 miles by truck, 202 miles by rail, or 514 miles by barge.  River freight is safer and more efficient than every form of land transportation.  Ensuring safety and reliability is a top priority at FMT Dry Cargo and we are proud to say that we operate the newest barge fleet in the industry with a tow capacity of up to 30 barges.

FMT Dry Cargo Lease Barge Options:

Open Hopper Barges

  • 195 x 35 12ft Decks – 12ft Hull 24in Coaming Height
  • 200 x 35 13ft Decks – 13ft Hull 36in-48in Coaming Height
  • 200 x 35 14ft Decks – 14ft Hull 60in Coaming Height

A hopper barge can be used either as a covered hopper barge or as an open hopper barge, based on the cargo being transported.  A hopper barge is a non-mechanical marine vessel designed to move large volumes of dry bulk products such as grain, rock, wood chips, coal and sand.  Open hopper barges are used for carrying dry bulk products that do not need protection from the weather.

Cover Hopper Barges

  • 200 x 35 13ft Hull – 48 in Coaming Height with Fiberglass Covers
  • 200 x 35 14ft Hull – 60 in Coaming Height with Fiberglass Covers

A covered hopper barge can carry various types of dry cargoes that need protection from the weather.  Covered hopper barges have watertight fiberglass covers and commonly carry grains, dry chemicals, and frac sand.  All of our covered hopper barges have industry standard access points and manholes.


Heavy Duty Deck Barges

  • 195×35 (3000 psi deck rating) – 24 in Retaining Wall on one side of the barge

Deck barges are used to transport heavy or over sized cargo mounted to the deck by use of pad eyes, lashing wires and rigging.  Items can be directly welded to the deck or cribbing and dunnage can be used to secure your cargo.  Deck barges are traditionally used to move materials such as rock for jetties or rip-rap for embankment projects, large pieces of machinery, construction materials, very large fabricated items, or project cargo.

Timmy Callais, Operations Manager


Kirk Landry, VP Government Affairs – Dry Cargo Sales


Chris Janssen, Freight Sales Manager