Government surplus barges are sold on different websites depending on which branch of government is conducting the sale. Sites conducting sales include Govsales.gov and Govliquidation.com.
When purchasing a surplus barge, it is important to know about any environmental concerns associated with the vessel. In states such as Louisiana, the inclusion of a gas-free certificate for non-gas hauling barges is critical. Surplus barges are often located in many different areas of the United States, and it is not advisable to purchase any vessel sight-unseen. Surplus auction sites often charge an additional "buyer's premium" on top of the listed price. Non-government surplus commercial barges are also available on other online auction sites.