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Marine Log

March 20, 2008

U.S. barge fleet grows

The U.S. inland barge fleet has expanded for the second consecutive year. While still below the historical high in 1998, 931 new barges have been added to the overall fleet while 762 barges were retired, according to a just-released report by Informa Economics, Inc.

Among the different barge types, the number of covered barges declined for the ninth consecutive year while the number of open and tank fleet barges increased.

The Barge Fleet Profile, now in its 21st year, is an annual report published by Informa Economics.

The report 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, which is compiled through an annual survey of operators as well as information from the Army Corps of Engineers, also summarizes the size and average age of the fleet by barge operator for each type of barge.

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