The American Waterways Operators
The American Waterways Operators (AWO) is the national association
representing the inland and coastal tugboat, towboat and barge industry.
For over 60 years, the American Waterways Operators has defined
and advocated industry views with policymakers and federal officials.
AWO has also promoted a greater understanding of the domestic waterborne
transportation industry's safe and environmentally sound contribution
to the U.S. economy.
Organized in Washington, D.C. in 1944 as the national trade association
representing the inland barge and towing industry, AWO expanded
its mission and scope in 1969 to include the coastal sector of the
industry. AWO is now comprised of more than 400 member companies,
including bulk commodities transporters; shipdocking and harbor
services operators; fueling and bunkering, and lightering services
operators; shipyards; and affiliated services.
Four standing committees within AWO - the Inland Dry Sector, the
Inland Liquid Sector, the Coastal Sector, and the Harbor Services
Sector - manage issues of concern to those industry segments. A
Common Issues Council addresses issues that cross sector committee
boundary lines. The Public Affairs Committee advises the association
on media and public relations strategies in support of AWO's regulatory
and legislative initiatives.
AWO is governed by an elected body of 52 members who serve on the
Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for policy approval
and the development of complementing strategies. AWO's Headquarters
staff is divided among the Legislative, Regulatory, Public Affairs,
Safety and Administration departments. AWO's regional offices in
Washington, St. Louis, Seattle, New Orleans and Washington, D.C.
manage state legislative and regulatory issues.