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Waterborne Freight Transportation in the United States: 2018-2023

Waterborne Freight Transportation in the United States: 2018-2023

Despite the critical role that Waterborne freight transportation has played in the U.S. economy for more than 200 years, the inland and coastal maritime industry is little known outside of the transportation sector. This report is meant to address that situation by providing a detailed look at the U.S. Waterborne freight transportation industry in terms of its fleet, products moved, new market opportunities and the competitive environment. Although very mature, and highly fragmented with hundreds of players, the industry still generates significant profits for good operators. It also is of great strategic importance and protected from foreign competition by the Jones Act. The industry also stands to benefit significantly as the U.S. becomes the world’s largest oil producer and hundreds of billions of new dollars are invested in the U.S. Petrochemicals industry.


  • INTRODUCTION
    • Methodology and Sources
    • Statistical Notes
  • U.S. WATERBORNE FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION INDUSTRY
    • Key Facts
    • Inland Waterways
    • Coastal Waterways
    • Industry Definition
      • Table U.S. Tugboat, Towboat and Barge Industry Industry Definitions by NAICS Code, Descriptions and Coverage
    • Waterborne Freight Transportation Market
      • Table U.S. Inland and Coastal/Great Lakes Freight Transportation Market ($ Billion): 2018- 2023
    • Fleet Size
    • Capital Expenditures
    • New Tugboat/Towboat and Barge Production
      • Table U.S. New and Rebuilt Tugboat and Towboat Production by Type (Units): 2007-2018
      • Table U.S. New and Rebuilt Barge Production by Type (Units): 2007-2018
    • Waterborne Most Efficient Mode
      • Table Standard Cargo Capacity by Freight Transportation Mode
    • Transportation Costs by Mode
      • Table Freight Transportation Costs for Alternative Modes (Cents per Ton-Mile)
      • Table Cost Savings from Water Transportation by Commodity (2012 Dollars per Ton Moved)
    • Freight Moved by Volume and Mode
      • Table United States Freight Shipments by Transportation Mode (Million Tons): 2015-2045
    • Domestic vs. Foreign Waterborne Commerce
      • Table Total U.S. Waterborne Commerce, Domestic vs. Foreign, (Short Tons): 1977-2016
    • Barge Traffic
      • Table U.S. Domestic Traffic, Barge Traffic, Self-Propelled Traffic by Destination (Million Short Tons): 2015-2016
    • Products Shipped by Commodity Group
      • Table U.S. Waterborne Commerce Shipped by Commodity Group (Million Short Tons): 1997- 2016
    • Market Segments
    • Tank Barge Sector
    • Waterborne Commerce by State
      • Table Domestic and Foreign Waterborne Commerce Ranked by State Tonnage, Shipping vs. Receiving. Intrastate (Short Tons): 2016
    • Largest U.S. Ports
      • Table Top 100 U.S. Ports by Name Ranked by Total Tons, Domestic Tons, Foreign Inbound vs. Outbound (Short Tons): 2016
    • Demand Drivers
    • Petrochemical Volumes
    • Black Oil Volumes
    • Refined Petroleum Product Volumes
    • Agricultural Fertilizer
    • Petroleum Liquids Outlook
    • Barge Oil and Refined Products Shipments
      • Table U.S. Domestic and Foreign Refinery Receipts of Crude Oil by Mode of Transportation (Thousand Barrels): 2012-2017
      • Table U.S. Domestic Crude Oil Refinery Receipts by Barge by Decade and Year (Thousand Barrels): 1980-2017
      • Table U.S. Foreign Crude Oil Refinery Receipts by Barge by Decade and Year (Thousand Barrels): 1980-2017
      • Table U.S. Crude Oil Conveyances by Mode, Capacity, Speed, Geography
    • Grains Shipments
      • Table U.S. Grains Production by Type, Exports by Type, Domestic Consumption by Type (1,000 Tons): 1998–2014
      • Table U.S. Domestic and Export Grains Shipments by Rail, Barge, Truck (1,000 Tons, %): 1998–2014
      • Table U.S. Domestic and Export Grains Shipments by Type and Mode (Rail, Barge, Truck) (%): 2014 and 5-Year Average
      • Table Barge Grain Movements by Type of Grain and River System (1,000 Tons): 2017-2018
      • Table Wheat, Corn, Soybean Inspections for Export by U.S. Port Region (1,000 Metric Tons): 2017-2018
    • New Markets
    • Chemicals
    • New Petrochemicals Capital Investments
    • Regional Petrochemical Investments
    • Company Petrochemical Projects
      • Table New U.S. Cracker Plants Under Construction or FID Made (Company, Capacity, Output, Location, Start-Up): 2018
      • Table Expansion of Existing U.S. Crackers and Restarts (Company, Capacity, Location, Start- Up): 2018
      • Table Second Wave of New U.S. Cracker Projects (Company, Capacity, Output, Location, Start-Up): 2018
    • Frac Sand
    • Development of U.S. Shale Gas
    • Frac Sand Description
    • Frac Sand Mining Process
    • Industry Backdrop
    • Mesh Size
    • Frac Sand Company Market Shares
      • Table Frac Sand Market Shares by Company (Million TPY): 2018
    • Capacity Additions
    • Over-Supply Coming
    • Price Trends
    • Frac Sand Barge Shipments
  • COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT
    • Fragmented
    • Inland Tank Barge Industry
    • Tank Barge Fleet Declining
    • Competition in the Tank Barge Industry
    • Major Players
      • Table U.S Waterborne Freight Transportation Revenues ($ Billion) and Market Shares (%) for Leading Companies: 2018
  • COMPANY PROFILES
    • American Commercial Barge Line
    • Key Facts
    • Operations
    • Services
    • Products Handled
    • Terminals
    • Fleet
    • River Code System
      • Table ACBL River Code System
    • Jeffboat
    • Moodys Downgrade
    • Crowley Maritime Corporation
    • Key Facts
    • Services
    • Fleet
    • Operations
    • Ardent
    • SeaRiver Maritime
    • Harley Marine Services Inc.
    • Key Facts
    • Services
    • History
    • Tier-4 Engines
    • Heartland Barge Management, LLC
    • Key Facts
    • Heartland Fabrication
    • Ingram Marine Group
    • Key Facts
    • History
    • Kirby Corporation
    • Key Facts
    • Marine Operations
    • Positioned for Gulf Petrochemical Production Boom
    • Financials
      • Table Kirby Corp. Income Statement Model ($ Million), Revenue Growth (%), Margin Analysis (%), Barges Active, Barrel Capacity: 2016-2020
      • Table Kirby Corp. Marine Transportation, Inland Marine and Offshore Marine Revenue Models ($ Million, %): 2016-2020
    • Margins
    • Utilization
    • Rates
    • Acquisitions
      • Table Kirby Corp. Marine Transportation Acquisitions: 1988-2018
      • Table Kirby Corp. Distribution and Services Acquisitions: 1987-2018
    • Competition
      • Table U.S. Inland Tank Barge Fleet by Operator (Number): 2018
      • Table U.S. Coastal Tank Barge Fleet by Operator (Number): 2018
    • Marine Transportation
      • Table Kirby Corp. Fleet (Class of Equipment, Number, Average Age, Capacities): 2018
    • Inland
    • Coastal
    • Products Transported
    • Petrochemicals
    • Black Oil
    • Refined Petroleum Products
    • Agricultural Chemicals
    • Inland Operations
    • Inland Fleet
    • Towboats
    • Contracts
    • Double Hulls
    • Vessel Management
    • Fleeting
    • San Jac Marine
    • Osprey
    • Coastal Operations
    • Kirby Offshore Marine
    • Atlantic Division
    • Pacific Division
    • Fleet Size
    • Kirby Ocean Transport
    • Moran Towing Corporation
    • Key Facts
    • Ship Docking
    • Marine Transportation
    • Petroleum Products Transportation
    • Dry Bulk Transportation Division
    • Offshore and Contract Towing
    • LNG Services
    • LNG ATB Program
    • Special Projects
    • Moran Environmental Recovery, LLC
    • Tug Fleet
      • Table Moran Towing Tug Fleet
    • Barge Fleet
      • Table Moran Towing Barge Fleet

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