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Winter weather woes continues to cause headaches…

This has been a bad winter all around, bad for commuters bad for public services workers and bad for grain deliveries, and it still continues into the month of March. Click below for further information.

Bad weather delays grain ships on Columbia River

Export grain buyers shifting to Gulf ports as PNW delays persist

Written by cradut

March 18th, 2017 at 5:15 am

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

Storms slow delivery of goods, ships stacked up on Columbia River

Columbia River Snake River System

Northwest grain market summary

Written by cradut

January 26th, 2017 at 5:50 pm

High yields not enough storage space

Written by cradut

November 18th, 2016 at 7:31 pm

Fallout of the NW lockout

From: Pujet Sound Business Journal
Study: Washington state lost $769.5 million during dock slowdowns last year

Portland longshore workers paid $1.2 million to not work at Port of Portland

Written by cradut

February 25th, 2016 at 10:38 pm

PNW Columbia River Investments

From Capital Press – The West’s Ag Website

Study highlights investments in Columbia River ports (Click below link)

In my opinion….
People in the PNW are expecting a consistent demand of grain exports from overseas markets, and are willing to invest in infrastructure today even though the area has seen a drop in exports this year. This is a great time to invest because it wouldn’t be smart to wait until exports rebound, at that time it’s best to focus on elevating grain and loading ships, not worrying about capacity and maintenance issues.

Written by cradut

July 10th, 2015 at 4:53 pm

Slower Grain Exports Expected to Rebound soon…

It has been noticeably quiet around the PNW, with a slowdown of U.S. Wheat shipments as compared to 2014, however there is plenty of 2015 left and everyone is looking forward at the longer term picture.

From The Daily News Online (TDN) (Click the link below)

Grain exports slow this year, but terminal managers hopeful for future

Written by cradut

June 24th, 2015 at 7:37 pm

TEMCO Kalama Grain Terminal update

TEMCO Kalama, WA has been under construction for an expansion project which is nearing completion. For more information click on below link.


Written by cradut

October 31st, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Requests for ILWU-PMA deal

After about 2 years (18 months by my count) of port lock-out and protests the situation at PNW ports has gotten better. As previous posts indicate the ILWU vote ended the contract stalemate at Northwest grain terminals and the transition has been relatively smooth from what I’ve seen and heard on the waterfront, during the last couple of months. All the components of grain loading are coming together, or so it seems. We are hoping things will continue working well.

Written by cradut

October 21st, 2014 at 4:02 pm

PNW Export Terminals Update

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

According to news release grain loading longshore workers have voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. After more than a year ILWU members resumed their work at PNW facilities today, Wednesday August 27, 2014. Below links to recent news articles.

ILWU Workers Ratify Agreement

Spent grains: Longshore vote ends contract stalemate at Northwest grain terminals

Written by cradut

August 27th, 2014 at 6:19 pm

New Development – Tentative deal reached in PNW Grain Negotiations – Grain Inspections Resume

From The
Tentative agreement reached in NW grain terminal dispute

With grain shipments delayed, pressure mounted for longshore union, United Grain to reach deal

From Tri-City Herald
Grain inspections resume at Port of Vancouver

Written by cradut

August 13th, 2014 at 4:25 am