In 1859, a group of businessmen located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania formed The Pittsburgh Coal Exchange to promote the safety, health and transportation of the area's abundant coal supply. This organization grew and evolved; in 1967, the Waterways Association of Pittsburgh was chartered. Throughout the years, the focus changed from coal to steel to steel by-product. The patriarchs of the marine industries along the Monongahela, Allegheny and Upper Ohio River areas met monthly.
Waterways Association member companies transport more than 53 million tons of product annually through the Port of Pittsburgh. Our membership includes coal, steel, chemical and utility companies which work together to make the Port of Pittsburgh the second largest port in bulk materials transportation on the Inland River Systems.
The Waterways Association of Pittsburgh takes great pride in being the oldest river organization in the United States and a leader in our industry. We were partners with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard before the term "partnering" was coined; we take great pride in our quality action team formed long before such programs existed.
The Waterways Association partners closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to develop our waterways in the tri-state area. It also cooperates with the U.S. Coast Guard to maintain the laws and navigation in the Three Rivers area. The organization endeavors to maintain standards of safety as well as health and navigation issues.
Please learn more here or contact an IRPT Member:
Waterways Association of Pittsburgh
1602 Main Street
P.O. Box 178
Valencia, PA 16059