Digging deep: Demand for dredging services will rise to accommodate larger oceanic vessels

The Dredging Services industry is an essential and underlying service in the US economy that facilitates port functionality and supports two vital sectors, maritime tourism and international trade. Additionally, dredging services play an important role in restoring and preserving wetlands, coastlines and maritime habitats. As a result, the industry benefits from public and private restoration projects. While government budget cuts have stemmed growth, rising demand for dredging services is expected to increase industry revenue over the five years to 2016. As ocean freight lines develop and incorporate enormous cargo vessels into their fleets to improve shipping efficiencies and economies of scale, the need for dredging services will increase...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • US ports, harbors and waterways have been insufficiently dredged due to budgeting deadlocks on Capitol Hill
  • A lack of dredging hurts the economy, making imports and exports more expensive
  • To accommodate new ultra-large container ships, ports must be deepened and expanded
  • Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

    Establishments in the Dredging Services industry tend to be located in densely populated areas near ports, waterways and large public infrastructure projects. Many establishments that perform beach nourishment services are located near major coastal areas. The vast plurality of establishments are located in the Southeast region, which accounts for 44.8% of all dredging businesses. Within this region, the Gulf Coast houses major commercial ports. This region also includes many beaches, which need to be maintained and protected from erosion with regular dredging. The West and Great Lakes regions also house a significant number of industry establishments. The West, which also includes major commercial ports (i.e. Los...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Dredging Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Dredging Services Industry are

  • Having contacts within key markets
  • Having a good reputation
  • Ability to accommodate environmental requirements
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from port and harbor operations and Federal funding for transportation in the Dredging Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Dredging Services Industry?

    This industry provides dredging services, such as moving deep-water sediment to keep waterways open for commerce and replenishing beaches and other maritime and wetland environments.

    Industry Products
  • Capital dredging
  • Maintenance
  • Coastal protection
  • Rivers and lakes
  • Industry Activities
  • Capital dredging
  • Maintenance dredging
  • Beach nourishment
  • Remediation dredging
  • Reclamation dredging
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Demand from port and harbor operations
  • Federal funding for transportation
  • Total trade value
  • World price of crude oil

  • Current Performance
  • Pent-up demand
  • Environmental conservation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Infrastructure investments
  • Appropriation of funding
  • Upgrading the fleet
  • Table: Dredging Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Dredging Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Land Development
  • Homeowners' Associations

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Boat Building
  • Construction
  • Construction Machinery Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Capital dredging
  • Coastal protection
  • Maintenance
  • Rivers and lakes
  • Chart: Dredging Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Public-sector projects
  • Private-sector projects
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Dredging Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Dredging Services

  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Dredging Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company,
  • Table: Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Dredging Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Dredging Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Federal funding for transportation (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Bucket Dredger
  • Dredgers that use a series of buckets mounted to a wheel to collect sediment.
  • Cutter Suction Dredger
  • Dredgers used for hard surfaces (e.g. rock) that have a cutter head to help loosen earth and sediment before collecting it.
  • Dredger
  • A barge or other vessel designed for dredging bodies of water.
  • Hopper Dredger
  • Self-propelling vessels that hold dredged material on board in a storage hold known as a hopper, used mainly for harbor maintenance.
  • Suction Dredger
  • Stationary dredgers used to mine for sand.
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