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McDonough Marine Service is the proven leader in the marine transportation and logistics industry. For over 70 years we have empowered the success of our customers through the delivery of exceptional customer service, superior assets, creative marine transportation solutions, and logistics and project management expertise. As a complete solution provider, we specialize in the charter of barges and tugs, and the coordination and management of cargo moves to support the successful execution of our customers’ projects.

We are committed to performing each project in a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. With 15 barge fleets covering the Gulf of Mexico, the US East Coast, the upper rivers of the US Midwest, and Mexico, we are everywhere our clients need us to be with the assets, skills, and experience to successfully facilitate their ever changing needs. Our participation in the American Waterways Operators Responsible Carrier Program along with our unparalleled knowledge and expertise in the project cargo market enable us to develop some of the safest, economical, and efficient marine transportation solutions in the industry.


McDonough Marine Service is the proven leader in the Marine Transportation and Logistics industry for both inland and offshore towing projects.

McDonough Marine Service owns and operates five inland push boats from 300 HP to 2200 HP. With visibility up to 54'7", we provide the means to safely move oversized cargos. Our open market vessel chartering of additional inland and ocean tugs provides our clients with various options to fulfill virtually any requirement.

McDonough Marine Service is committed to performing each project in a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Our participation in the American Waterways Operators Responsible Carrier Program, combined with our unparalleled knowledge and experience in the "Project Cargo Market", enables us to develop one of the safest and most economical boat and barge packages in the industry.

Our company possesses the skills and equipment to successfully facilitate the ever changing needs of our clients.


Inland barges comprise the majority of barges operating on the United States waterways. These barges are designed to operate on rivers, canals, sounds, bays, and inland lakes. Inland barges provide the most economical mode of transportation for many high-density, large volume or oversized cargos.


Spud barges can be specially built to support a working crane. This type of barge typically has a boxed stern that provides maximum flotation while operating a crane. Extra strengthening is generally provided under the crane working area by use of additional bulkheads, internal trusses, or deck frames. Wooden crane mats should always be used to further distribute the concentrated load and provide traction for the crane. Drop spud barges can also be used for transportation of general cargo or as work platforms. The operation of the spuds can be operated by a crane placed aboard the barge or by a spud-winch that may be installed.


Oceangoing barges are designed for the transportation of cargo in open sea states. The deck barges provide advantages with open deck space for over-sized cargo, as well as shallow port access. These barges are built to the requirements set by the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), as the building Class Society. The Class Society is charged with vessel inspection, construction parameters, and verification of standards. The corresponding Class Society documents are required to be carried on board the vessel at all times.


McDonough Marine Service offers a large and diverse fleet of Project Cargo barges engineered and constructed to transport heavy and concentrated cargo loads. These barge sizes range from 150’ to 400’ in length with designed deck strengths up to 4000 lb./sq.ft
  • Address 3500 North Causeway Blvd., Ste. 900,
    Metairie, LA 70002

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