Modal Advantages

Coastwise marine transportation is the most efficient way to move bulk liquid cargoes throughout the U.S. One tanker ship has the cargo capacity of more than 300 rail cars or 1,000 trucks. This incredible economy of scale equates to significant cost efficiency for shippers.

Tanker Ship Cargo Comparison Chart


ATB Cargo Comparison Chart

Shippers of smaller cargoes can benefit from the cost efficiency of marine transportation by contracting for partial cargo capacity, an option available throughout our fleet.

Utilizing marine transportation also requires far less capital expenditure than the infrastructure required for rail service.

Marine tanker and barge transportation is also the safest mode of transporting liquid cargoes, another significant advantage over rail and trucking.*

*Sources: Congressional Research Service;