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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Inland Water Passenger Transportation

Overview of the U.S. Inland Water 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 Inland Water 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 Inland Water 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 Automobiles And Light Trucks By Water

Passenger Transportation By Water

Other Transportation Of Passengers By Water

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

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 Inland Water 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 Inland Water 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 Inland Water 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 Inland Water 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 3%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers2%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 10%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 6%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 72%
Water Transportation Workers 61%
Sailors and Marine Oilers 23%
Sailors and Marine Oilers 23%
Ship and Boat Captains and Operators 32%
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 31%
Ship Engineers 6%
Ship Engineers 6%
Material Moving Workers 8%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Inland Water 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
Missouri Riverboat
Island Express Ferry Service

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

Latest Industry News

  • Europe Inland Waterways Vessel Market worth $115bn by 2024: Global Market Insights, Inc. - Non-passenger vessels comprise freight vessels, tug-boats, and workboats. Inland waterway is considered as a prominent way for freight transportation as these ... These are the busiest water channels in the country and connect to all the major cities ... (01/03/2018)
  • Opening new world for business & employment opportunities in North-East via inland waterways - In addition, the infrastructural development for Inland Water Transport (IWT ... organized a Road Show to showcase the potential for cargo and passenger transportation, primarily on River Brahmaputra. The event highlighted the enabling policies and ... (01/02/2018)
  • Cochin Shipyard eyes inland waterway foray, lines up big money - NEW DELHI: Basking in the IPO success, Cochin Shipyard is now drawing up huge expansion plans, including one of foray into inland water transport. Its IPO in August ... port crafts and passenger vessels, among others. Currently, it is into constructing ... (10/02/2017)
  • FG to Develop Inland Water Transportation to Boost Coastal Trade - The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has stated that the federal government is putting plans in place to develop inland water transportation ... for cargo and passenger transport as well as fishing activities. He said water transportation ... (11/04/2016)
  • Inland Water Transport Development: In backwaters of Kerala lies the key for its growth - Transport ... State Water Transport Department, which provides passenger services with mechanized boats; construction of boat jetties and navigable facilities under centrally sponsored schemes and establishing Kerala State Shipping and Inland Navigation ... (07/06/2016)
  • WB funds Bangladesh $360m for improving inland waterways - The project will also help reduce cost for passenger ... rail and inland waterways,” said Qimiao Fan, country director for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal of the global bank. “As a riverine country, Bangladesh has a large inland water transport sector ... (06/17/2016)
  • Nigeria: Enhancing Inland Waterways for More Efficient Transportation - The movement of people and goods along inland waterways is one of the oldest means of transporting goods and services from point to point. Inland water transport offers the ... The total number of passenger that patronise the sea ports is estimated at ... (05/13/2016)
  • Centre to develop Ulhas river for passenger, cargo transportation - Residents on the Mumbai-Thane-Kalyan belt are set to benefit as the Ulhas river passing through these areas will be used for passenger and domestic ... The operating cost of inland water transport is least as compared to road and railways. (04/22/2015)
  • Centre asks Kerala to leverage potential of inland waterways - The Centre is keen to develop inland water transportation in the country to enhance both passenger and cargo movement, Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, said. Inland navigation, according to the Minister, has got ... (01/09/2015)
  • State wants smaller jetties for inland water transport project - It seems that the state government itself is not sure of the success of the Inland Passenger Water Transport (IPWT) project on the east coast of Mumbai, which will connect Ferry Wharf with Nerul and Mandwa. While the contracts for constructing jetties ... (07/01/2014)

Government Contracts

In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $1,861,003 on Inland Water Passenger Transportation. It has awarded 93 contracts to 23 companies, with an average value of $80,913 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 Inland Water 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 Inland Water Passenger TransportationOpportunity/Threat
Coastal & Great Lakes Passenger Transportation
Coastal & Great Lakes Freight Transportation Competing industry

Sales from other industries of Passenger Transportation By Water are less than those from Inland Water 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

Segments classified within this market research report

This industry market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
Ship chartering with crew, passenger transportation, inland waters (except on Great Lakes system), Water taxi services, Car lighters (i.e., ferries), Canal passenger transportation, Lake passenger transportation (except on Great Lakes system), River passenger transportation, Water shuttle services, Passenger transportation, Intracoastal transportation of passengers, etc.

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