Marine Support Services

Marine Support Services

Overview

The 2,000 marine support services firms in the US include companies that operate ports, harbors, and canals, as well as companies that provide marine cargo handling and storage services. The industry also includes companies providing navigational services, such as piloting or tugboat services, and marine salvaging services.

Dependence on International Trade

Revenue for marine support services is driven by US imports and exports, which in turn depend on global economic conditions and international trade agreements.

Automation of Operations

As cargo volumes increase and ships get larger, marine terminal operators face challenges in quickly loading and unloading cargo to avoid congestion and delays for shippers, truckers and railcar operators.