Crosby Group Launches Sustainability-Focused Barge Company, Float Freight

Updated: Nov 8, 2021

(Galliano, LA) Crosby Tugs has announced its investment in the green shipping startup, Float Freight.


This partnership is another step towards Crosby's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and developing environmentally-friendly transportation solutions across the maritime industry.


Float Freight is a cost-effective, environmentally sound, and sustainability-focused barge transportation company that harnesses the industry's latest technology to provide carbon-neutral inland marine transportation solutions.


Float Freight will work with the Crosby Group's existing marine asset network along with a team of dedicated engineering, operational, and commercial support staff. Crosby Tugs is one of the largest diversified marine transportation providers in the United States. The Louisiana-based company delivers wide-ranging offshore and inland marine towing, dredging, and rock placement services along the Gulf Coast region and beyond.


Starting immediately, Float Freight will offer multiple weekly sailings on fixed schedules and friendly booking terms. Based out of Houston, Texas, and Galliano, Louisiana, the company will initially offer direct service from New Orleans, Mobile, and Cameron, Louisiana, as well as Mexico.


"We aim to make the U.S. Marine Highway system accessible for any size company by providing low cost and predictable inland marine solutions,"

Mike Little, Managing Director of FloatFreight.


Float Freight’s services include low-cost transshipment and direct discharge options for the project, heavy lift, bulk, breakbulk, and container sectors. The company also has the ability to support clients that need more of a 'just in time' arrival schedule or clients that require dedicated assets for their cargo.


"Today, more than ever, shippers are faced with mounting challenges in getting their goods to market, including carrier capacity, equipment availability, port, and terminal congestion, increased tariffs, truck capacity, just to name a few," says Little.


Seeing a need to address the industry's supply chain challenges, Float Freight is making private sector investments to promote, develop, and advance the adoption of inland marine transport and short sea shipping in the U.S. To go along with their carbon neutral northbound supply chain, the company has begun design on the nation's first zero-emissions inland push boat aiming for conversion to be completed in 2022.


"The U.S. Marine Highway System is one of our greatest untapped resources,” says Little. “We know that Float Freight is not just a viable alternative to landside shipping and transportation, but a superior, more environmentally sustainable answer to the current and future needs of the industry.”

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