Member Benefits

Become a member of AWO and everyone in your organization will receive instant access to benefits that keep you informed on the latest industry news, resources and events. AWO has been the national advocate for the tugboat, towboat, and barge industry since 1944. Join today and see why our members have trusted AWO as the voice of the industry for 80 years. 

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AWO advocates for your company on the issues that matter most.

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 to make your company stronger and safer.

A Safety Management System is required for carrier members and optional for affiliate members.

Responsible Carrier Program (RCP):
Serving as your Coast Guard-accepted Towing Safety Management System to meet Subchapter M requirements.
Alternative Security Program (ASP):
Providing you with expert-crafted, Coast Guard accepted policies and procedures to meet federal security requirements.
Alternative Planning Criterion (APC):
Providing you with a Coast Guard-approved, streamlined approach to compliance with emergency towing requirements.
Safety Statistics Reporting Program (SSRP):
Allowing you to confidentially benchmark your company’s safety performance.

Get exclusive access to networking opportunities, educational content and alerts on the issues that matter.

Newsletters and alerts
AWO mobile app
Online education portal
Inclusion in member directories
Presentations & networking at AWO events
Working groups and task forces

AWO Events – there is no limit to how many events your organization can attend and no registration fees.

National Conventions and Regional Meetings
Member Roundtables
Annual Capitol Hill “Barge-In”
Political Action Committee (PAC) events
Safety Meetings