Barge companies are transport businesses that use flat-bottomed boats to transport heavy goods across waterways for private and professional clients. In addition to marine transport, barge companies also lease barges, provide maintenance services to third-party barges and offer storage solutions.
Barge companies are commonly used to move products through large rivers and canals. Storage options through barge companies typically include warehouse and liquid tank storage of materials such as refined petroleum, crude oil and other chemicals. Barge companies tend to house liquid goods near other forms of transport such as railroads and highways to meet the needs of professional clients. Businesses also contract barge companies to tow third-party barges between locations.