Parker Towing Company

Parker Towing Company, a family owned company, is one of the largest barge lines in the United States, operating a fleet of towboats and over 400 open and covered hopper barges as well as a fleet of 30,000 BBL tank barges. Commodities transported include coal, steel and steel related products, aggregates, forest products, grain products, cement, asphalt and other petroleum products. We pride ourselves in our corporate responsibility, reliability, operating efficiencies, cost competitiveness, and protection of the environment.


In addition to our barging operations, Parker Towing Company also operates terminals for loading and unloading barges at several locations in Alabama and Tennessee. These terminals handle a broad range of dry cargo commodities and provide an intermodal link between barges, trucks, and rail. We also operate the Parker Mobile fleet and machine shops in the Mobile, Alabama area. Parker Towing Company has progressed a long way over the last 80 years and looks to build upon that success into the future.

American Waterways Operators Responsible Carrier

We love the blue of our rivers, but we love a green environment too! And everyday we work to protect them both. Parker Towing Company is a certified member of The American Waterways Operators: Responsible Carrier Program.

Parker Towing: Pushing Forward

Maintaining its position as the premier barge line, Parker Towing knows that quality service has never been more essential to business success than it is today. Click the image above to view Parker Towing videos and media.

Commitment to Employee Safety & Training

Our goal is always Zero Injuries. On-going training, employee ownership in the process, innovative programs, and management commitment continue to make Parker Towing one of the safest barge lines in the industry.