industry impact

Safety + Environment

AWO members take safety seriously – safety of our crews, our vessels, and the waters upon which we operate. AWO has worked hard to develop a rigorous set of safety standards that are embedded in the Responsible Carrier Program, and adherence to those standards is a condition of AWO membership.... Read More


Immediately after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, AWO recognized that the tugboat, towboat, and barge industry faced new challenges on maritime security. Building on the industry's long track record of cooperation with government to improve marine safety and environmental protection... Read More


The tugboat, towboat and barge industry is critically important to the nation’s economy. With over 5,500 tugboats and towboats and more than 31,000 barges, the industry moves more than 880 million tons of domestic cargo each year. The building blocks of our economy are moving on our nation’s... Read More