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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Coastal & Great Lakes Passenger Transportation

Overview of the U.S. Coastal & Great Lakes Passenger Transportation Industry

This section provides answers to key questions about the industry:
  1. What is the total market size (industry revenue)?
  2. What is the industry outlook?
  3. Market Analysis: Is the market growing or declining, and how quickly?
  4. Are long-term forecasts positive or negative?
  5. What is the average company size in the industry?
  6. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size & Industry Statistics

The total U.S. industry market size for Coastal & Great Lakes Passenger Transportation: Industry statistics cover all companies in the United States, both public and private, ranging in size from small businesses to market leaders. In addition to revenue, the industry market analysis shows information on employees, companies, and average firm size.

Investors, banks, and business executives use growth rates and industry trends to understand the market outlook and opportunity.

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Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: U.S. Census, AnythingResearch Market Analysis

Market Forecast[PREMIUM]

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook and future growth trends. The following five-year demand forecast projects both short-term and long-term trends.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Projected Industry Growth Rate (%)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Coastal & Great Lakes Passenger Transportation industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total

Transportation Of Boxed, Palletized, And Other Packed Goods, Not Climate-Controlled And Not In Intermodal Tank Containers, By W

Transportation Of Automobiles And Light Trucks By Water

Passenger Transportation By Water

Coastal And Great Lakes Fixed-Route, Passenger Transportation By Water


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U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower industry market share than average.

U.S. map of Coastal & Great Lakes Passenger Transportation by state

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of a benchmark "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
(Industry Benchmark)
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis

Financial ratio information can be used to benchmark how a Coastal & Great Lakes Passenger Transportation company compares to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation RatiosIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Coastal & Great Lakes Passenger Transportation industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Coastal & Great Lakes Passenger Transportation measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity RatiosIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 7%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers3%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 8%
Business Operations Specialists 6%
Sales and Related Occupations 5%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 23%
Information and Record Clerks 11%
Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks 5%
Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks 5%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 45%
Water Transportation Workers 38%
Sailors and Marine Oilers 17%
Sailors and Marine Oilers 17%
Ship and Boat Captains and Operators 13%
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 13%
Ship Engineers 8%
Ship Engineers 8%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Coastal & Great Lakes Passenger Transportation Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

Largest companies in the industry and related industries, with private company revenue estimates.

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Top Innovators

CompanyInnovation Score

Additional companies, details and innovation scoring in the full report.

Latest Industry News

  • Superior grain facility receives state money - The largest grain storage facility on the Great Lakes, located in Superior, is getting a helping hand from a Wisconsin Department of Transportation program designed ... volume of grain from the Midwest to coastal areas of the U.S. and world markets ... (01/13/2018)
  • Arctic air mass will send temperatures plunging in parts of U.S. - An arctic air mass will send temperatures plunging nearly 20 to 40 degrees from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast. A mix of snow and freezing ... and freezing temperatures made a mess of the roads. Transportation Department spokesman Scott Manning said ... (01/13/2018)
  • Ice storm, snow, flooding and a freeze-up to create dangers in northeastern US - Rapid thaw and heavy rain to raise risk of flooding in coastal areas Rounds of heavy rain and fog will be the triggers for airline and ground transportation delays ... from the Appalachians to the eastern Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Valley. (01/13/2018)
  • Cold weather hampers Great Lakes shipping - The stretch of sub-zero temperatures is making it difficult for ships to transport cargo on the ... and power generation in the Great Lakes basin." Mr Nekvasil said some ships have needed help from the U.S. Coast Guard’s ice-breakers to deliver cargo ... (01/08/2018)
  • Coast Guard begins icebreaking on Great Lakes - The U.S. Coast Guard has begun ... formed ice bridges for transportation to and from the mainland. An average of 44.5 million tons of iron ore, a crucial ingredient to steelmaking, are shipped across the Great Lakes annually, according to the Lake Carriers ... (12/19/2017)
  • TSB Annual Report: advancing transportation safety from coast to coast to coast - We completed investigations into 69 accidents, including the 2011 crash of a large passenger ... voyages in the Great Lakes. However, the slow pace of movement to address safety deficiencies in aviation compared to the other modes of transportation is ... (08/20/2014)
  • Cleveland ready to welcome a growing Great Lakes cruise ship industry - CLEVELAND ... common for Cleveland and other Great Lakes cities as one of the region's oldest industries reawakens. A century ago, Great Lakes passenger cruises were wildly popular, mostly as a practical form of transportation, he said. (07/30/2014)
  • Research and Markets: 2012 Report on the $6 Billion US Coastal & Great Lakes Freight Transportation Industry - has announced the addition of the "Coastal & Great Lakes Freight Transportation" report to their offering. The US coastal and Great Lakes shipping industry includes about 500 companies with combined annual revenue of more than $6 billion. Major companies ... (02/10/2012)
  • Cruise Great Lakes For Great Fun - It's one of the vacation-size ships at the forefront of a revival in Great Lakes passenger cruising ... contact New Orleans-based Delta Queen Coastal Voyages. (800-215-0805; or at www.coastal The 51-cabin Nantucket Clipper; contact St ... (04/22/2001)
  • Schooner Reminds Passengers Of What Made Great Lakes Great - In the story on the Windy of Chicago in today's preprinted Transportation section ... A month later, after sailing through the Great Lakes, it received its final Coast Guard approval to sail as a passenger ship that can carry 150 passengers. (09/08/1996)

Government Contracts

In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $17,203,123 on Coastal & Great Lakes Passenger Transportation. It has awarded 172 contracts to 45 companies, with an average value of $382,292 per company.   

Top government vendors:

CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in Coastal & Great Lakes Passenger Transportation to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

Passenger Transportation By Water
Competing IndustrySales Relative to Coastal & Great Lakes Passenger TransportationOpportunity/Threat
Inland Water Passenger Transportation Competing industry
Coastal & Great Lakes Freight Transportation Competing industry

Sales from other industries of Passenger Transportation By Water are less than those from Coastal & Great Lakes Passenger Transportation. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Passenger Transportation By Water sales, taking market share from this industry.
Passenger Transportation By Water Product Sales Report

Competing IndustrySales Relative to Coastal & Great Lakes Passenger TransportationOpportunity/Threat
Deep Sea Passenger Transportation

Since sales from Coastal & Great Lakes Passenger Transportation are a small fraction compared to other industries selling Cruises, companies in the Coastal & Great Lakes Passenger Transportation industry have the opportunity to expand their product offering to take share from these adjacent industries.
Cruises Product Sales Report

Segments classified within this market research report

This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
Great Lakes passenger transportation (including St. Lawrence Seaway), Ferry passenger transportation, Great Lakes (including St. Lawrence Seaway), Coastal passenger transportation to and from domestic ports, Passenger transportation, coastal or Great Lakes (including St. Lawrence Seaway), deep sea, to and from domestic ports (including Puerto Rico), Deep sea passenger transportation to and from domestic ports (including Puerto Rico), Intercoastal transportation of passengers to and from domestic ports, Cruise lines (i.e., deep sea passenger transportation to and from domestic ports, including Puerto Rico), Lake passenger transportation, Ship chartering with crew, coastal or Great Lakes passenger transportation (including St. Lawrence Seaway), etc.

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