Industry observers find silver lining in river bottleneck

Mar 26, 2013 | 07:00 PM | Bill Beck

Tags  Mississippi River, metals transportation, American Waterways Operators, Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr.,

After months of chewing fingernails over bottlenecks on the Mississippi River, the Waterways Council and the American Waterways Operators (AWO) did find a silver lining.

“For the waterways industry, the almost around-the-clock coverage became an unexpected bonanza,” the council said. “Newspaper editorials and network anchors alike repeatedly emphasized the importance of barge transportation in moving the products of America’s farms, mills and mines to markets here and abroadÑin huge quantities at low rates, helping to keep our commodities competitive.”....

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