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Why Move Material Via Barge?

August 18, 2017

When you need to move bulk materials from one place to another, whether aggregates, pig iron, or agricultural products, you may have your choice of moving it via road, water, or rail. Having multiple options can be extremely beneficial, but it’s also important to ensure you’re making the choice that not just gets your materials to their destination, but also allows you to reap additional operational and cost benefits. This is why moving your material via barge is a great choice for suppliers across the globe, and here’s why:


Companies rely on efficiency, so it makes sense to choose a method of transportation that enhances this need. Moving material via barge creates multiple operational efficiencies that are extremely beneficial to companies. First, it allows you to have more control over your inventory. Since one barge carries the equivalent of 17 railcars or 75 semi-trucks, moving your material using one barge allows you to have better control of where your inventory is located.

In addition, you can count on your materials to arrive at their destination together. Instead of waiting on multiple semi-trucks, which could get lost or slowed down for various reasons, you can expect your entire shipment to arrive in a timely fashion, which allows you to get started on projects quickly.


Barge is often the most economical way to move large quantities of materials over great distances. In general, the longer the distance traveled, the more economical barging becomes. Since all companies care deeply about their bottom line, this is a smart choice.


When your company moves material via barge, you’ll require fewer trucks and railcars to be on the road. Barge transportation causes far less air pollution than trucking and rail, and it also consumes less energy per ton-mile of freight carried. Additionally, since barges rely on a few terminals and connections, they don’t take up any land space, which keeps natural plant and animal habitats intact or allows for urban development.


According to the American Waterways Operators, there are more than 31,000 barges on the US waterways that move more than 880 million tons of domestic cargo each year. This helps to employ tens of thousands of American workers from coast to coast, which helps to stimulate our economy. When the economy is up, your company will likely reap some benefits of additional sales, and this is a win-win.

Ozinga offers barge and transload services throughout the Midwest. If your company is interested in learning more about how moving your materials via barge could be beneficial, contact our logistics experts today.

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