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Ships pile up on the river / Cargo slow to arrive



January 26, 2017

The unusually brutal 2017 winter weather has caused havoc for people on the roads as well as ship traffic. We’ve seen schools and businesses close as a result of hazardous road conditions. We’ve also had to deal with inspection cancellations, and high congestion on the Columbia River. Ships battle the harsh winter seas to get to the entrance of the river and then forced to start drifting outside for days, while agents frantically work to find an anchorage spot. Meanwhile vessels that make it in end up laying idle for weeks because terminals are not receiving cargo due to trains and trucks inability to move because of heavy snow and freezing conditions. There are reports of rail tracks covered in high snow with instances of rail cars actually being buried halfway in deep snow. The waiting time for vessels on the river this winter has been as much as 30 days with some ships having to wait even longer. Adding insult to injury the Columbia Snake River System (CSRS) has scheduled closures for extended maintenance this year through March 20, 2017 during which time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will make essential renovations to all the navigation locks on the Columbia River and the Snake River. No barge traffic will be able to pass during this time.

Some news links below further explain the situation with some information of the NW grain market

Mother Nature Unkind to Grain Shippers, End Users, Exporters
https://www.dtnpf.com/agriculture/web/ag/perspectives/blogs/market-matters-blog/blog-post/2017/01/23/mother-nature-unkind-grain-shippers

Storms slow delivery of goods, ships stacked up on Columbia River
http://www.kgw.com/news/local/storms-slow-delivery-of-goods-ships-stacked-up-on-columbia-river/393032439

Columbia River Snake River System
http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article126922824.html

Northwest grain market summary
http://www.capitalpress.com/Markets/20170102/northwest-grain-market-summary

Written by cradut

January 26th, 2017 at 5:50 pm