Especially in South East Asia, barges are often grounded and launched using rubber airbags instead of other methods as it is the most versatile & cost-effective
Anchor Handling Tug Supply AHTS Vessels in Malaysia. The shipyard used airbag launching tech to successfully mobilise all 3 new assets into water. More AHTS vessels are
Airbags in action. Used to launch DWT 7000 Ton Chemical Tankers and more into the water. Also used to haul in these vessels for repair & regular maintenance.
Despite its sharper hull (as compared to barges), marine airbags can be used for the mobilisation haul-ins and launching after repairs. It works for all kinds of tugs.
Floating docks are launched using MAX Rubber Airbags. Even heavy objects like caissons can be launched using lifting bags and facilitated by MAX buoyancy airbags.