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2018 Market Analysis & Industry Outlook: Water Transportation

Overview: the U.S. Water 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 Water 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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Statistics 2012        2013        2014        2015        2016        2017
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

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.

market forecast

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 Water 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 Bulk Liquids And Gases In Intermodal Tank Containers By Water

Transportation Of Bulk Liquids And Gases, Except In Intermodal Tank Containers, By Water

Transportation Of Dry Bulks, Except In Intermodal Tank Containers, By Water

Transportation Of Climate-Controlled Boxed, Palletized, And Other Packed Goods, Except In Intermodal Tank Containers, By Water

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

Transportation Of Climate-Controlled Intermodal Containers, Not Elsewhere Classified, By Water

Transportation Of Other Intermodal Containers, Not Climate-Controlled, Not Elsewhere Classified, By Water

Transportation Of Automobiles And Light Trucks By Water

Transportation Of Other Goods By Water

Passenger Transportation By Water


Towing Services By Water

Tugboat Services

Related Services

Other Products

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 by state

Water Transportation Industry Price Trends

Rise and fall in market prices are affectedd by supply, demand, and the cost of goods/services sold. Higher demand or COGS will put upward price pressure on prices. Higher competition among Water Transportation companies will put a downward pressure on prices. The chart shows how prices are changing within the industry, month-to-month over the last three years.

example price index trendline

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 Water 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 Water 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 Water 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 6%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers3%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 6%
Business Operations Specialists 6%
Sales and Related Occupations 5%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 18%
Information and Record Clerks 7%
Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks 5%
Reservation and Transportation Ticket Agents and Travel Clerks 5%
Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Occupations 6%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 56%
Water Transportation Workers 47%
Sailors and Marine Oilers 19%
Sailors and Marine Oilers 19%
Ship and Boat Captains and Operators 21%
Captains, Mates, and Pilots of Water Vessels 20%
Ship Engineers 8%
Ship Engineers 8%
Material Moving Workers 6%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Water Transportation Industry Market Share [PREMIUM]

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

CompanyAddressRevenue Estimate

Innovation News

  • Royal Caribbean Cruises trademarks "SKY PAD" - Entertainment in the nature of a trampoline park - 02/16/2018
  • Crowley Maritime patents Lng Gasification Systems And Methods - 02/15/2018
  • Parker Towing trademarks "PORT OF DECATUR" - Repair, maintenance, and cleaning services for marine vessels, principally barge cleaning, repair, and maintenance; and repair, maintenance and cleaning services for railroad freight and bulk materials - 01/26/2018
  • Moran Towing patents Articulated Conduit Systems And Uses Thereof For Fluid Transfer Between Two Vessels - 01/18/2018
  • Kirby patents System And Method For Producing Homogenized Oilfield Gels - 01/04/2018
  • American Waterways Operators trademarks "THE AMERICAN WATERWAYS OPERATORS" - Association services - 12/16/2017
  • Gulfmark Offshore raises $98 million in funding. - 11/29/2017
  • Genco Shipping & Trading raises $125 million in funding. - 11/01/2016
  • Overseas Shipholding Group raises $1,586 million in funding. - 07/21/2014

  • Top Innovators

    CompanyInnovation Score
    Apl Limited32
    Crowley Maritime17
    Royal Caribbean Cruises

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

    Latest Industry News

    • Crews repair busted water line - “The water is safe.” Crews worked through the night to complete the fix and reopened Bridge Street at approximately 8 a.m. Tuesday. The city installed a gravel patch along Bridge Street and will contact the Michigan Department of Transportation about ... (01/12/2018)
    • Key bridge set to open over Dubai Water Canal - Dubai's transport authority will open a key bridge on Friday to improve ... built on single columns crossing over the Dubai Water Canal. "The project works include lighting and infrastructure works such as the shifting of impacted utility services like ... (01/12/2018)
    • Oregon transportation workers spray it safe on Clatsop County highways in winter - Transportation workers deploy sand when packed snow and ice ... rock salt and salt brine used by neighboring states to de-ice roads because of the harm to water quality and aquatic life as residual chlorides drain into streams. Evidence has been scant ... (01/12/2018)
    • Activist: Water strategy is inadequate - Two water quality bills are currently being debated ... Falck said. The Iowa Department of Transportation “has 20-year strategy about building roads. And they have a commission that decides on that strategy. Can you imagine if it was left up to the ... (01/12/2018)
    • Water main break closes down Maine road for up to 5 days - The Maine Department of Transportation says a busy road in Windham may be shut down for days after a water main broke. WGME-TV reports Windham's Center Road was shut down after a water main break was discovered Wednesday morning. The Portland Water ... (01/11/2018)
    • Ex-transportation chief to lead probe into JFK flight fiasco - ... pipe broke and sent a few inches of water into Terminal 4, forcing international arrivals to be suspended for a few hours. LaHood served as transportation secretary from 2009 to 2013. He is currently a senior policy adviser at the law firm DLA Piper. (01/10/2018)
    • Traffic alert: Water main breaks in Bethlehem, Albany - Also, Route 85 (New Scotland Road) in Bethlehem has alternating lanes at Font Grove Road for a water main break, the state Department of Transportation said. A water main broke at State and Willett streets in Albany, spraying water on nearby structures. (01/10/2018)
    • New Riverwalk Water Trolley Schedule Fills Afternoon Service Gap - Like what Riverwalk Water Trolley is doing? Show it here. ABOUT TMA (Transportation Management Association) Founded in 1992, the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association (TMA), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, manages the Sun ... (01/09/2018)
    • Water main break and MBTA delays frustrate commuters - BOSTON (WHDH) – A massive water main break on a busy street in downtown Boston ... The southbound side is shut down from State Street to New Sudbury Street. Meanwhile, state transportation officials defended the T’s performance after a rough week ... (01/08/2018)
    • Business owners concerned about losses as Water Street project nears - From one side of Water Street to the other, business owners have expressed concern for what their bottom lines will look like when the Department of Transportation’s reconstruction of Water Street ends sometime in October. Kim Davis, of Scrummy Afters ... (01/08/2018)

    Government Contracts

    In 2016, the federal government spent a total of $1,411,821,792 on Water Transportation. It has awarded 4,281 contracts to 240 companies, with an average value of $5,882,591 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 Water 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.

    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Water TransportationOpportunity/Threat
    Deep Sea Passenger Transportation Competing industry

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

    Trans Of Bulk Liquids & Gases, Except In Intermodal Tank Cont By Wat
    Competing IndustrySales Relative to Water TransportationOpportunity/Threat
    Coastal & Great Lakes Freight Transportation Competing industry
    Inland Water Freight Transportation Competing industry
    Deep Sea Freight Transportation Competing industry

    Sales from other industries of Trans Of Bulk Liquids & Gases, Except In Intermodal Tank Cont By Wat are less than those from Water Transportation. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Trans Of Bulk Liquids & Gases, Except In Intermodal Tank Cont By Wat sales, taking market share from this industry.
    Trans Of Bulk Liquids & Gases, Except In Intermodal Tank Cont By Wat Product Sales Report

    Trans Of Dry Bulks, Except In Intermodal Tank Containers, By Water
    Trans Of Dry Bulks, Except In Intermodal Tank Containers, By Water Product Sales Report

    Trans Box & Pal Gds, No Clim-Cntrl, Except Intrmdl Tank Cont, Wat
    Trans Box & Pal Gds, No Clim-Cntrl, Except Intrmdl Tank Cont, Wat Product Sales Report

    Passenger Transportation By Water
    Passenger Transportation By Water Product Sales Report

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