We offer state of the art barges and towboats for lease.


Founded in 1994, J. Russell Flowers, Inc., has grown to become one of the nation’s largest independent leasing companies of inland marine barges and towboats.  Our current equipment is second to none. We offer open and covered hopper barges, chemical and petroleum tank barges, deck barges, and towboats. We also offer very specialized technical advice, as well as superior construction contract and project management support.



J. Russell Flowers had a clear vision. He was determined to build high quality, heavily constructed barges and towboats that would stand up to many years of rigorous service. Equally important, he saw the need to build strong relations with customers and vendors, and to treat all industry partners with respect and consideration. As a result, the company that Russell built is now one of the nation’s largest and most trusted providers of leased inland marine equipment.

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With well over 1,000 vessels in its fleet, J. Russell Flowers, Inc. can offer creative solutions to almost any barging requirement. Our long-standing relationships with shipyards on the Ohio River, Mississippi River and Gulf Coast, allow us to consistently build quality equipment, specifically tailored to our customers' needs. We would love to hear from you to discuss your equipment needs.  Please read more and let us know how we can help. 

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