March 28, 2018
BARGE FLEET PROFILE 31st EDITION
HIGHLIGHTS FLEET CONTRACTION
The US inland barge fleet contracted about one half of one percent during 2017 with the dry fleet down
fourth-tenths of one percent and liquid fleet down 1.8 percent. At the end of 2017, there were 144 fewer barges
in the overall fleet while 638 barges were retired, according to the Informa Economics IEG just-released Barge
Fleet Profile. Among the different barge types, the dry covered, dry open and liquid tank fleets each had fewer
barges in the respective fleets.
"This information remains vital given the general market dynamics being exerted upon the industry and
the inland waterway infrastructure," said IEG Senior Vice President Ken Eriksen about the report. He added: "IEG
appreciates the industry's continuing participation to the report's development," compiled through an annual
survey of operators and information from the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps).
The Barge Fleet Profile, now in its 31st year, summarizes the size and average age of the fleet by barge
operator for each barge type and identifies the line haul, commodity carrying fleet of inland barges operating on
the Mississippi River system, its connecting waterways and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. The report also
includes covered barges that move grains and oilseeds, fertilizers, steel and other products, as well as open barges
that haul coal, sand, gravel and similar product types. Details on tank barges that transport liquid products, such
as crude oils and renewable fuels, also are incorporated into the report.
A companion publication, the Barge Commodity Profile, in its 14th year of publication, also has been just
released by IEG, offering exclusive barge pressure indices that provide a valuable tool in assessing supply and
demand for barges. The report also offers barometers of barge fleet size and movements by commodity type,
commodity ton miles and average distance hauled on the Mississippi River System, its connecting waterways and
Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. IEG utilizes data from the Corps Waterborne Commerce of the US through 2016.
Movements for all barge types were down in 2016 for the second consecutive year. The movement of grain and
soybeans were at record levels during 2016 while coal movements were at a 45-year low.
These reports are available from IEG, either through the Internet at www.bargefleet.com or by calling
Dayana Diaz at 901-766-4565. The Barge Fleet Profile is available for $100 per unit while the Barge Commodity
Profile is available for $450. The reports can be purchased together for a special price of $500. For more
information about the report, contact IEG Senior Vice President Ken Eriksen at 901-766-4463.
About Informa Economics IEG
A part of the Business Intelligence Division of Informa PLC, Informa Economics IEG is a world leader in comprehensive agriculture, food industry, agribusiness and commodity
research, information, analysis and consulting. With a core team of research analysts and consulting specialists, Informa Economics IEG serves many of the world's leading
agribusinesses. Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, the company has offices in Washington, D.C.; St. Paul, Minnesota; Winnipeg, Canada; London, England; Brussels, Belgium; and
Sao Paulo, Brazil. It is the company’s economic expertise and client base that combine to provide unique insights and strategic and long-term planning for agribusinesses around
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