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Bad Weather Delays Grain Ships on Columbia River

39 grain vessels waiting vs. the normal 12 to 15

U.S. Census, Finetooth, GNU Free Documentation License
U.S. Census, Finetooth, GNU Free Documentation License

Bad weather has caused unusual delays for ships loading grain on the Columbia River, according to a report in the most recent issue of U.S. Wheat Associates’ (USW) bi-monthly Wheat Letter.

“This winter, the Pacific Northwest has seen snowstorms and record rainfall that reduced vessel loading and inbound rail service," Steve Wirsching, vice president and director of USW’s West Coast office wrote. "A slowing of rail service for just a few weeks manifested itself into long vessel lineups and loading delays of up to three to four weeks.”

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