Updated: monday, january 20, 2020
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The river industry continues to experience high water events at multiple locations on the U.S. inland waterways. While ACBL strives to anticipate average historical periods of restricted movements as a normal cost of its operations, recent high water events have created delays and internalized costs beyond what is considered routine in the normal course of business. High water events on the inland waterways continue to be a shared burden for all that rely on river transportation If river areas are deemed in a high water event under a Waterways Action Plan or any U.S. Coast Guard directive, industry agreement or other controlling rule or regulation and there are restrictions imposed on ACBL's ability to navigate the river areas then ACBL may implement a high water surcharge.
Today's Key Issues
- The Mid-Miss has daylight restrictions in place through St. Louis harbor and at Thebes.
- The Illinois is seeing high flows restrict lockages and transit above Ottawa.
- Gulf and Canals Weather Update - Impact for fog has greatly diminished today, but we do expect to see fog again tonight, 1/17. A weather front will move through the Gulf and Canal areas tomorrow, 1/18, through the weekend. Expect delays over the weekend for high winds, especially on the Canals.
- Tow Size Reduction on the Lower Miss - Due to heightened river levels, southbound tows on the Lower Miss have been reduced by 5-10 loads. Expect these tow restrictions to remain in effect well into February basis current forecasts.
- Lower Miss Daylight Transit Restriction - Due to heightened river levels, transit at Memphis, Vicksburg, and Baton Rouge is restricted to daylight only Southbound.
- Tow Size Reduction St Louis to Cairo by one string (5 barges) - Due to High water levels.
- Ice Couplings required on Illinois River at all locks until further notice.