Industry Impact

Why Waterways are Vital to Our Economy

The tugboat, towboat and barge industry is a major pillar of the American economy, contributing a total impact of $31.2 billion on the U.S. gross domestic product, creating nearly 275,000 jobs, and moving nearly 700 million tons of vital commodities annually. The industry also provides critical services in support of homeland and national security, serving as an extra set of eyes and ears on our nation’s inland and coastal waterways. Our vessels are operated by companies dedicated to ensuring that mariners and their cargo reach their destinations safely and efficiently, with utmost care for the marine environment.