Equipment Reporting FAQs
How Your Dues and Assessments are Calculated
- Each carrier member pays $5,000 in base dues plus an assessment amount.
The assessment amount is added according to 3 tiers: 100% of first $40,000 or less dues assessment, 30% of next $20,000 ($40-60,000) dues assessment, and 15% of over $60,000 dues assessment.
Report All Vessels Owned and Operated as of October 2, 2023
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From AWO Constitution and Bylaws: Reportable and Non-Reportable Equipment
ARTICLE II, Section 4: Reporting of Equipment for Assessment Purposes
A. It is an obligation of AWO membership that every carrier member reports its fleet statistics annually. Every towing vessel owned, operated, managed, and chartered in by an AWO carrier member, as described in Paragraph B below, must be listed by name and horsepower and provided in an annual member equipment report due no later than the first business day of October. This annual report must also include all barges owned, operated, managed, and chartered in by the member consistent with the requirements stated below. Barge tonnage can be reported in the aggregate. No member may decrease its fleet equipment report for the upcoming year once the equipment has been reported for the calculation of annual assessments.
1. Non-transportation equipment shall be defined as follows:
- Vessels retired from revenue service, i.e., vessels removed from service during the previous 12 months and not intended to be returned to service in the following reporting period.
- Barges used to maintain and service one’s own yard facility
- Dredges, tugs and hopper barges primarily used for the movement of valueless cargo from coastal dredging operations. (“Primarily” is defined as more than 50 percent of the days worked during the 12 months prior to the reporting date.)
- Inland deck barges primarily used or rented out as construction flats, spar barges, mooring barges or piers. (“Primarily” is defined as more than 50 percent of the days worked during the 12 months prior to the reporting date.)
- Coastal deck barges used exclusively to service the offshore mineral and oil industry.
- Derricks and barges fitted with cranes or spuds.
- Jack-up barges.
- Sectional barges
2. Vessels used in the private carriage of a company’s own product or cargo, or for either the parent company or any affiliated companies, must be reported.
3. Vessels under bareboat charter shall be reported by the owner unless evidence can be shown that the charterer has reported the vessel to AWO. (Vessels under fully found charter shall also be reported by the vessel owner. Equipment chartered in on a fully found basis from a non-AWO member is not reported for AWO assessment purposes.)
4. Except for the vessels noted above, all other types of barges and towing vessels must be reported.
From AWO Constitution and Bylaws: AWO Assessable Equipment
ARTICLE III: Membership Dues & Assessments
1. Hopper barges – tonnage shall be based on the barge’s normal deadweight cargo capacity in short tons, which is defined as:
- Standard barge (175’ X 26’ X 12’) - 925 tons
- Stumbo barge (195’ X 26’ X 12’) - 1,085 tons
Jumbo barge (195’ to 200’ X 35’ X 11’) - 1,475 tons
Jumbo barge (195’ to 200’ X 35’ X 12’) - 1,575 tons
Jumbo barge (195’ to 200’ X 35’ X 13’) - 1,675 tons
Jumbo barge (195’ to 200’ X 35’ X 14’) - 1,775 tons
- Super Jumbo barge (250’ X 52.5’ X 12’) - 3,000 tons
- Lash barge (60’ X 30’ X 10’) - 375 tons
- Other hopper barges - Normal deadweight capacity, in short tons, at 75 percent of the depth of side.
2. Tank barge - Volumeric cargo capacity in barrels
3. Deck barges - Deadweight ton capacity at loadline, or at 75 percent of the depth of side
- For tank vessels, total volumetric cargo capacity in barrels plus total nameplate horsepower. (Self- propelled tank vessels with a total volumetric cargo capacity exceeding 50,000 barrels are not subject to AWO assessments.)
For dry cargo vessels, loadline or normal deadweight capacity, in short tons, at 75 percent of the depth of side, plus total nameplate horsepower. (Self-propelled dry cargo vessels with a total deadweight capacity exceeding 2,000 short tons are not subject to AWO assessments.