The 650,000 men and women of American Maritime are committed to ensuring a sustainable future by protecting the pristine waters on which U.S.-flag ships, lakers, tankers, barges, tugs, commercial fishers, and dredges sail. American waters are the home of the well trained American Maritime workforce and mariners. Our industry understands its obligation to set the standard for the world.

Maritime transportation is energy efficient and environmentally friendly

Did you know?

Maritime transportation accounts for 90% of cross-border world trade by volume, but only uses 7% of all the energy consumed in the transport sector. Maritime is responsible for only 2% of global transportation emissions.

90%

world trade volume
shipped by vessel

2%

responsible for global
transportation emissions

7%

amount of world’s
transportation energy
consumed

Energy Efficiency

A truck can move 155 miles per ton of cargo for every gallon of fuel consumed, a railcar can move 413, but inland marine vessels can move 576 miles!

576

miles/ton
by vessel

413

miles/ton
by rail

155

miles/ton
by truck

Emissions by transportation mode

Moving goods by barge has the
smallest carbon footprint of all modes
.

When moving the same amount of cargo:

1000%

more emissions
by truck

30%

more emissions
by rail

Multimedia

PODCAST

Green Marine Joins American Maritime Podcast for Earth Day Discussion

In our latest podcast, guest host Jennifer Carpenter from the American Waterways Operators is joined by Dr. Eleanor Kirtley from Green Marine to discuss environmental sustainability initiatives across the U.S. maritime industry. Jennifer and Dr. Kirtley also cover President Biden’s new push to increase offshore wind infrastructure and recent activity in the U.S. Congress on reducing carbon emissions in maritime.

VIDEO

Watch Discussion on Sustainability in American Maritime

You can also watch a video of AMP’s wide-ranging discussion with Green Marine here.

How American Maritime is Leading The Way in Sustainability

Download Infographic (English)

More Can Be Done

Regular investment in our ports and waterways

Full and predictable funding for the Army Corps of Engineers

Tax credits and grants for investing in new marine engine technologies and fuel sources

State and federal investment in R&D for maritime green technology

Expand exiting emissions grants to include maritime vessels

Support American Maritime and preserve American rivers, lakes, and oceans!

Additional Information on Sustainability in Maritime

Our American Made, American Maritime is a Cornerstone of our Nation.