Enter the length, width, depth, and cargo density into the calculator to determine the barge capacity.

Barge Capacity Formula

The following formula is used to calculate the barge capacity.

BC = L * W * D * ρ


  • BC is the barge capacity (cubic meters or tons)
  • L is the length of the barge (meters)
  • W is the width of the barge (meters)
  • D is the depth of the barge (meters)
  • ρ is the cargo density (tons per cubic meter)

To calculate the barge capacity, multiply the length of the barge by its width and depth. This will give you the volume of the barge. Then, multiply this volume by the density of the cargo to get the total weight or volume that the barge can carry.

What is a Barge Capacity?

Barge capacity refers to the maximum amount of weight or volume that a barge can carry. This can include various types of cargo such as commodities, containers, or equipment. The capacity of a barge is determined by its size, design, and construction. It is an important factor in maritime transportation as it affects the efficiency and cost of shipping goods.

How to Calculate Barge Capacity?

The following steps outline how to calculate the Barge Capacity.

  1. First, determine the length of the barge (L) in meters.
  2. Next, determine the width of the barge (W) in meters.
  3. Next, determine the depth of the barge (D) in meters.
  4. Next, determine the cargo density (ρ) in tons per cubic meter.
  5. Finally, calculate the Barge Capacity (BC) using the formula BC = L * W * D * ρ.

Example Problem:

Use the following variables as an example problem to test your knowledge.

Length of the barge (L) = 10 meters

Width of the barge (W) = 5 meters

Depth of the barge (D) = 3 meters

Cargo density (ρ) = 2 tons per cubic meter