(a) A lighter, barge, or other vessel without independent means of propulsion is assigned a freeboard in accordance with the provisions of this subpart as modified by paragraphs (b), (c), and (d) of this section.
(b) A barge that meets the requirements of Sec. 42.09-5(b) may be assigned Type ``A'' freeboard if the barge does not carry deck cargo.
(c) An unmanned barge is not required to comply with Sec. 42.15-75, Sec. 42.15-80(b), or Sec. 42.20-70.
(d) An unmanned barge that has only small access openings closed by watertight gasketed covers of steel or equivalent material on the freeboard deck, may be assigned a freeboard 25 percent less than that calculated in accordance with this subpart.