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Barge Shipping and Transportation

SIC 4449 | NAICS 483211

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Inland Water Transportation  (view report)
Ocean & Coastal Transportation  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

The American Waterways Operators
Industry Facts
Introductory section provides a summary overview of U.S. tugboat, towboat, and barge industry in terms of safety, environmental, and economic benefits, and includes links to fact sheets from other sources that provide more in-depth information. All information can be viewed free online.

First Research
Inland Water Freight Transportation
Coastal and Great Lakes Freight Transportation

First Research profiles provide analysis, statistics, and forecasts for a wide range of industries, with content sections including industry overview, recent developments, issues and challenges, business trends and opportunities, leading companies, executive insights, financial benchmarking information, and 5-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated monthly; sample report is available online.

The Waterways Journal, Inc.
The Waterways Journal Weekly
Weekly trade publication features news and information for the U.S. inland waterways towing and barge industry, with special feature issues including its "Annual Review" (December) and "State of the Industry and New Products" (January) reports. Digital editions are available to subscribers only.

Diversified Business Communications
Information resources available from this organization include:

Workboat Magazine
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for commercial marine professionals, with topics covered including inland waterways, vessel construction and operations, harbors and ports, security, legislation, and more. Digital editions of the magazine can be viewed online with registration.

Size of Fleet Report
Comprehensive survey provides detailed information on the number of active workboats on North American inland and coastal waterways, with workboat categories covered including barges, passenger and freight vessels, tugs, and towboats. Executive summary with detailed table of contents is accessible online.

Informa Economics, Inc.
Barge Fleet Profile Report / Barge Commodity Profile Report
Annual barge fleet and commodity profile reports provide barge fleet profiles by barge type (e.g., dry, liquid, single skin, and double skin), operator, and other selected criteria, and barge traffic statistics by type of barge and commodity. Detailed table of contents for each report can be viewed online.

Waterways Council, Inc.
Waterways System
Summary overview includes links to state waterway traffic profiles which provide information on commodities moved to, from, and within a state; domestic and foreign commodity tonnage; commodities shipped to and from other states, and upstream and downstream lock tonnage. All information can be viewed free online.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Inland Water Freight Transportation / Barge Lines and Terminals  Search for "483211"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

First Research
Inland Water Freight Transportation

Financial information section of these profiles includes common-size income statement and balance sheet data and key financial ratios for the most recent annual reporting period, with average financial measures reported for all companies and by sales size range for small (under $5 million), medium ($5 million to $50 million), and large companies (over $50 million). Sample report can be downloaded and viewed online.

Compensation Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Water Transportation Occupations
Information provided for this occupational category includes a description of the nature of the work and the work environment, number and types of jobs, education and training requirements, wages and earnings, employment outlook, and sources for additional information. All information is available free online.

Diversified Business Communications
Information resources available from this organization include:

The Workboat Compensation Report
Biennial compensation survey provides wage and salary data for personnel employed by workboat vessel owners and operators, with compensation data broken out by gender, experience, location, company size, and other selected criteria. Executive summary with detailed table of contents can be viewed free online.

Compensation Calculator
Online calculator allows users to search for compensation data from the biennial compensation survey by business type, job function, and geographic region. Calculator is available online with registration.

Business Valuation Resources