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NGFA Declares Opening of Mid-Mississippi River

Date Posted: April 1, 2014

Pursuant to NGFA Barge Freight Trading Rule 18(I), the NGFA declared that the mid-Mississippi River opened for navigation as of 7 a.m. on April 1.

NGFA Barge Freight Trading Rule 18(I) provides as follows: “The Dubuque and South (Mid-Mississippi) opening commences the first 07:00 hours of the first business day after the first tow originating at or below Winfield, MO, reaches Dubuque, Iowa.

"Said tow shall include at least one empty dry cargo covered barge suitable for loading.

"The Mid-Miss opening shall be determined by a majority vote of a three person committee appointed by the NGFA Chairman and shall be announced by publishing the committee’s confirmation of the opening on the NGFA website.”

As set forth in the rule, the three-person committee appointed by NGFA chairman determined that the Mid-Mississippi River was open after the MV Show Me State reached Dubuque at 9:00 a.m. on March 31, with at least one empty dry cargo covered barge suitable for loading.

Serving on the NGFA committee are: Laurie Hiler, chairperson, Southbound Barge Freight Manager, CGB Enterprises, St. Louis, MO; John Trampas, Manager of Grain Freight Sales, Ingram Barge Co., Nashville, TN; and Jeff Webb, Barge Freight Trading Manager, Cargill Inc., Minneapolis, MN.

For more information, call 202-289-0873.

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