IMS has a wealth of experience in operating vessels and management services. We have more than 700 skilled, proud mariners assisting us to safely operate over 30 maritime vessels. Additionally, we provide insurance on the vessels and assume all liabilities relating to our service.


IMS Cruise Lines actively recruits and supplies professional mariners and service personnel to companies expanding into the American boutique river cruise industry. We pride ourselves on providing turnkey operations with the highest quality, skilled candidates while creating long lasting relationships with our clients.


Our shortside tankering division manages the loading/unloading liquid tank barges and in-plant services for refineries and third party facilities as well as offering customized training programs to meet the specific needs of each customer.

“Become part of our growing family of over 700 mariners and explore a world of opportunities at Inland Marine Service.”


Having long enjoyed a sterling reputation in the industry for the quality of our crews, IMS currently employs mariners in multiple locations. We take pride in our ability to discover, attract, prepare, and nurture top talent who are not afraid of hard work. We are devoted to our employees’ professional success and development.

Continuous Improvement Programs

Inland Marine Service strives to perfect our safety and environmental programs through frequent evaluations to determine their efficiency, effectiveness and flexibility.

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IMS uses the Tanker Management and Self-Assessment tools of SIRE/TMSA to assess, measure and improve our safety management systems and are frequently audited by third parties to ensure compliance.

American Waterways Operators – Responsible Carrier Program

IMS utilizes the AWO RCP to continuously improve our safety and environmental performance. The program complements and builds upon existing government regulations, requiring company safety standards that exceed those required by federal law or regulation.

Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau

TVIB auditors and surveyors thoroughly audit and survey IMS vessels and management systems to ensure compliance with industry and regulatory compliance standards. IMS also received specialized training for our internal auditors from TVIB.

The International Organization for Standardization

Our policies and procedures at IMS are designed to meet the The International Organization for Standardization and International Safety Management Code standards for safe management and operation of ships at sea.

Turnkey Solutions

Our turnkey solutions include a broad range of operational experiences including dry and liquid cargo vessel management, passenger vessel management, and harbor services. Our expert professional team is prepared to put together the perfect mix for meeting your day-today operations needs. Our goal is simple: to develop a partnership that allows you to focus on your up-stream business by deploying our extensive network of marine crew or hospitality staff members and an infrastructure of proven operational resources.


IMS prides itself on providing each employee with a safe and healthful work environment. Our management team is responsible for establishing and enforcing safety policies to ensure that duties are performed in the safest and most efficient manner possible, providing the appropriate equipment and supervision to accomplish the each task.

Environmental Stewardship

At Inland Marine Service, Inc. we make the marine environment a priority and try to minimize our impact on it by complying with ALL applicable environmental laws and regulations. We also prepare and conduct specialized training relating to emergency preparedness. Our goal is to not only do the above, we strive to reduce/minimize onboard waste and harmful emissions.



IMS AT THE GICA SEMINAR: Be sure to stop by and visit us at the GICA Seminar July 26-28 at The Westin Canal Place in New Orleans. We’ll be available to answer any questions you might have and explain our many services including vessel management, planned maintenance,... read more

Eliminate the fear of USCG subchapter M

Inland Marine Service (IMS) is proud to offer a turn-key solution to small and mid-sized maritime companies. Hire IMS and your company is instantly compliant with personnel and shore-side management requirements of Sub-M. IMS saves yours company from having to hire safety and compliance personnel, which could cost $100,000 or more.

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