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Barge Shipping & Transportation – Industry Research, Analysis, Statistics, and Forecasts

SIC 4449  |  NAICS 483211

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Inland Water Transportation  (view report)
Ocean, Coastal & Great Lakes Transportation  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

The Waterways Journal, Inc.
The Waterways Journal Weekly / annual-review

Weekly news journal features news and information for towing and barge companies that operate on the U.S. inland and intracoastal waterways, with special features including the "State of the Industry" issue which presents industry leaders' predictions for the year ahead and the "Annual Review" issue which offers a comprehensive look at key developments in the industry over the past twelve months.

Diversified Communications
WorkBoat Magazine

Monthly trade journal features news and information for the commercial marine industry, with special features including the annual yearbook issue which contains a status report on the primary workboat sectors including tugboat fleets, inland barge companies, passenger vessel/ferry operators, offshore service vessel operators, and shipyards. Digital editions of the publication can be viewed free online.

Waterways Council, Inc.
Waterways System

Waterways system section provides barge transportation profiles for individual states, with statistical data provided including tons shipped within the state, tons shipped to and received from other states, tons imported and exported, and five-year trend analysis of tonnage shipped or received in the state by commodity group (e.g., aggregates, chemicals, coal, grains, petroleum, iron/steel, ores/minerals).

Global Market Insights
Barge Transportation Market

Comprehensive study analyzes the barge transportation market in the U.S. and other countries, with data provided for the U.S. including market estimates and forecasts by type of cargo (e.g., dry, liquid, gaseous), type of barge (e.g., open, covered, tank), and products shipped (e.g., agricultural products, coal, crude and refined petroleum products, metal ores, metal products, chemicals, waste materials).

Barge Transportation Market in the U.S.

Market research report provides an in-depth analysis of this transportation sector, with data provided including market size and forecasts by type of cargo (e.g., dry, liquid) and products transported (e.g., agricultural products, coal, petroleum products, crude materials, chemicals and allied products), and companies profiled including American Commercial Barge Line, Ingram Marine, Kirby, and SEACOR.

Grand View Research
Global Barge Transportation Market

Comprehensive report provides a detailed analysis of this sector on a global and regional basis, with data provided for the U.S. including historical and forecast revenue by type of cargo (e.g., dry, liquid, gaseous), type of barge (e.g., covered, open, tank), and products shipped (e.g., agricultural products, crude oil, refined petroleum products, coal, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, metal ores, metal products).

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Inland Water Freight Transportation / Barge Lines and Terminals  Search for "483211" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Inland Water Freight Transportation / Barge Lines and Terminals  Search for "483211" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Inland Water Transportation
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Key statistics section of these reports provides detailed income statements and balance sheets on a common-size basis and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial ratios provided for the each of the four most recent calendar years and on a historical average basis for 3-year, 5-year, and 10-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet with breakdowns by asset size can be viewed free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

PayScale, Inc.
Water Transportation

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as marine engineer, port engineer, logistics manager, logistics coordinator, captain, pilot, mate, truck driver, crane operator, and forklift operator, with employers for which salary or wage data is provided including Kirby Corporation, Ingram Industries Inc., and American Commercial Barge Line Company.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Inland Water / Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation / deep-sea-coastal-great-lakes

Annual wage surveys provide hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for personnel employed by establishments that transport passengers and cargoes including shipping containers, dry bulk commodities, liquid bulk commodities, climate-controlled freight, and other types of specialized cargoes by way of the ocean and the inland, intracoastal, and Great Lakes waterways.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for private company sales transaction data by SIC or NAICS Code using the following codes:
  SIC Code 4449 - Inland Water Transportation of Freight
  NAICS Code 483211 - Inland Water Freight Transportation
Types of establishments included in these codes
Inland container ship operators - establishments specializing in the transport of freight on inland waterways using ships designed to hold intermodal containers that can be transferred between various transportation modes without handling the cargo itself.
Inland bulk carrier operators - establishments engaged in transporting large quantities of unpackaged dry bulk materials, such as grain, coal, iron ore, gravel, and cement, using ships with an open cargo hold that spans most of the ship's width and length.
Inland general cargo ship operators - establishments operating ships used to transport a variety of items that vary in size and shape, including palletized items, bags, drums, boxes, crates, and heavy machinery and equipment, on navigable inland waterways.
Deck barge lines - establishments engaged in operating flat-deck cargo barges used to transport heavy or oversized items, such as vehicles, machinery, heavy equipment, and prefabricated structures, on rivers, lakes, and other navigable bodies of water.
Dry bulk barge lines - establishments that provide transportation of dry bulk cargo, such

as grain, coal, ores, cement, sand, or gravel, using barges with large, open holds that can be covered with tarps or other materials to protect the cargo from the elements.

Tank barge lines - establishments that transport bulk liquids, such as crude oil, gasoline, diesel, chemicals, or hazardous materials, using barges with large tanks built into their hull that are subdivided into compartments to prevent shifting of the cargo in transit.
Barge towing services - establishments engaged in operating tugboats or towboats that connect to one or several barges that are not self-propelled and push or pull and steer and maneuver these barges along rivers, lakes, canals, and intracoastal waterways.
Lighterage services - establishments engaged in using small boats or barges to transfer cargo between vessels and the shore or other vessels for ships that cannot reach the shore because of shallow waters or cannot dock at a port because they are too large.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

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