The tugboat, towboat and barge industry is critical to our nation’s economy and supply chain, safely and efficiently moving nearly 700 million tons of cargo on our waterways every year, including vital economic building blocks like fuel, agricultural products, building materials and more.
The tugboat, towboat and barge industry is a major pillar of the American economy
contributed to U.S. GDP annually
tons of cargo moved annually
Tugboat, towboat and barge transport is the greenest mode of freight transportation, and we are working hard to build on our natural advantages, as companies across our industry invest in innovation to further reduce our environmental footprint.
We are deeply committed to operating safely to protect the mariners onboard our vessels, the public we serve, and the marine environment. Working closely with the Coast Guard and other stakeholders, we are unwavering in our pursuit of zero harm and continuous improvement in safety across our industry.
The men and women of the tugboat, towboat and barge industry play a vital role in our nation’s security by serving as “eyes and ears” for the Coast Guard on the waterways, transporting military cargo on domestic waters, providing harbor services for military vessels in U.S. ports, and more.