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Hurricane halts U.S. barge, Louisiana Gulf export grain operations
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, U.S. — Mississippi River grain barges and Louisiana Gulf export grain terminal operations ground to a halt during the weekend as a strong hurricane approached the coast from the Gulf of Mexico.

The Mississippi Gulf port area handles more than 2 billion bushels (50 million tonnes-plus) of U.S. grain exports annually. That represents about 70% of all U.S. export shipments.

Hurricane Katrina made landfall earlier this morning south of New Orleans, Louisiana, and just west of the mouth of the Mississippi. Katrina on Sunday had been rated a Category 5, the most dangerous level, prompting mandatory evacuations of New Orleans, most of which sits below sea level.

The storm had been downgraded overnight to a still-powerful Category 4 with 150 mph winds (240 kph).

The hurricane’s approach forced barges hauling grain to the port of New Orleans to seek shelter upstream along the Mississippi River, and vessels transporting maize, soybeans and wheat were being secured along bluffs north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, according to a report by Reuters.

Spokesmen for barge operators and the port of New Orleans said operations stopped on Saturday and would remain shut down through today, at least.

A grain exporter said he was expecting grain exports to be stalled through early this week, but he did not foresee any major disruption to business because the U.S. grain export season was in its early stages.

"It's a good thing that it's not October and we have 60 vessels sitting at the Gulf," he told Reuters.

Major harvesting of U.S. maize and soybeans is set to begin in the Midwest next month, and exports of both commodities usually pick up pace from October.
MGR Archive 30.8.2005
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