The American Waterways Operators: The Value of Membership


The American Waterways Operators: The Value of Membership

Become a part of the tugboat, towboat and barge industry's united voice for safe, sustainable and efficient transportation on America's waterways, oceans, and coasts. For more information about the value of joining AWO, check out our one pager


  • ADVOCACY: Protecting Your Company
    • Building strong, bipartisan support for the Jones Act
    • Working with government to keep commerce moving safely and efficiently
    • Partnering with the Coast Guard for proactive enforcement and consistent application of Subchapter M
    • Achieving sensible regulatory reform without compromising safety
    • Fighting for uniform, consistent federal rules for commercial navigation
    • Securing investment in waterways infrastructure
    • Promoting workforce development and telling our industry’s story
  • SAFETY AND SECURITY ASSETS: Making Your Company Stronger and Safer
    • Responsible Carrier Program: Serving as your Coast Guard-accepted Towing Safety Management System to meet Subchapter M requirements
    • Alternative Security Program: Providing you with expert-crafted, Coast Guardaccepted policies and procedures to meet federal security requirements
    • Alternative Planning Criterion: Providing you with a Coast Guard-approved, streamlined approach to compliance with emergency towing requirements
    • Safety Statistics Reporting Program: Allowing you to confidentially benchmark your company’s safety performance
  • ACCESS TO EDUCATIONAL CONTENT on issues that matter to your company
    • AWO Newsletter and alerts
    • Online searchable education library
    • AWO mobile app
    • Presentation opportunities at AWO events
    • Working groups and task forces
    • Inclusion in member service directories
  • AWO EVENTS: Networking, Advocating, and Growing Knowledge
    • Annual Conventions and Regional Meetings to connect with members and government stakeholders
    • Regional Roundtables to connect with members in a smaller setting and interface with the Coast Guard on issues of local concern
    • Annual Capitol Hill “Barge-In” to advocate for our industry in the nation’s capital
    • Political Action Committee (PAC) events to educate legislators on industry priorities
    • Safety meetings to exchange knowledge and learn from safety experts
    • Webinars to share ideas and lessonslearned on issues facing our industry, without leaving your office

If you have questions, please contact Caitlin Kidd at