Waterways transportation is the safest and most environmentally friendly mode of transportation.
Our industry has the least number of accidents and is also the most efficient form of transportation.
Barges directly serve 87% of all major U.S. cities, accounting for 79% of all domestic waterborne freight.
The tugboat, towboat, and barge industry is an integral part of the intermodal transportation system of the United States of America.
Our industry has about 4,000 tugboats and towboats working daily. More than 27,000 barges are moving over 800 million tons of products on our waterways.
Inland Marine Service, Inc. helps transport 20% of America’s coal and 60% of all U.S. grain exports moved by water each year.
Marine Highways offer a fuel-efficient, cost-effective, and safer way to move goods from location to location.
On August 11, 2010, U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, identified 18 marine corridors, 8 projects, and 6 initiatives for further development as part of “America’s Marine Highway Program.” In addition, the Maritime Administration made available $7 million for which these projects will be able to compete through a Notice of Funding Availability. Please see the entire press release at www.marad.dot.gov
Marine Highway Corridors:
These all-water routes consist of 11 Corridors, 4 Connectors, and 3 Crossings that can serve as extensions of the surface transportation system. These corridors identify routes where water transportation presents an opportunity to offer relief to landside corridors, which suffer from traffic congestion, excessive air emissions, or other environmental concerns and challenges. Corridors are generally longer, multi-state routes whereas Connectors represent shorter routes that serve as feeders to the larger Corridors. Crossings are short routes that transit harbors or waterways and offer alternatives to much longer, or less convenient, land routes between points. By designating these Marine Highway Corridors, Connectors, and Crossings, Secretary LaHood is using the waterways to relieve landside congestion and attain other benefits that waterborne transportation can offer. These benefits include reduced greenhouse gas emissions, energy savings and increased system resiliency.
Learn more about Marine Highways: www.marad.dot.gov