By Karl Plume and PJ Huffstutter
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Grain shippers on the U.S. Gulf Coast reported extra injury from Hurricane Ida to their terminals on Wednesday as Cargill Inc confirmed injury to a second facility, whereas energy outages throughout southern Louisiana saved all others shuttered.
World grains dealer Cargill Inc mentioned its Westwego, Louisiana, terminal was broken by Hurricane Ida, days after confirming extra in depth injury at its solely different Louisiana grain export facility positioned in Reserve.[nL1N2Q11O2]
Hurricane Ida, which roared ashore on Sunday, has disrupted grain and soybean shipments from the Gulf Coast, which accounts for about 60% of U.S. exports, at a time when world provides are tight and demand is robust from China.
Emergency authorities had been nonetheless surveying the destruction, as quite a few barges and boats had been sunk within the decrease Mississippi River whereas different particles has obstructed the navigation channel, the U.S. Coast Guard mentioned.
The main delivery waterway stays closed to vessel site visitors from the Louisiana-Mississippi border to the Gulf of Mexico, delivery sources mentioned.
Mike Pressure, commissioner of the Louisiana Division of Agriculture and Forestry, noticed scores of barges and at the least 5 ships grounded throughout a flyover of the river.
He mentioned the Military Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard anticipate getting the higher Mississippi, from Baton Rouge on northward, “opened up by later immediately so we are able to begin transferring ships.”
The Military Corps of Engineers didn’t instantly reply to request for remark.
On the decrease Mississippi, authorities goal to reopen the part from 9 Mile Level and down in seven days, Pressure mentioned.
“There are nonetheless transmission strains within the river, and people have to be eliminated earlier than there might be secure passage,” Pressure mentioned. He mentioned low water ranges had been making it tougher to get caught ships and barges transferring once more.
Cargill continues to be assessing the extent of the injury and doesn’t but know the way quickly its grain loading and delivery operations on the busiest U.S. grains port could resume, Cargill spokeswoman April Nelson mentioned.
Rival exporter CHS Inc is diverting its export shipments scheduled by way of the subsequent month by way of its Pacific Northwest terminal because the hurricane knocked out a transmission line that powers its lone Gulf Coast facility, the corporate mentioned.
Different shippers, together with Bunge (NYSE:) Ltd and Archer-Daniels-Midland Co are nonetheless assessing injury to their places, though all are nonetheless with out energy, the businesses mentioned.
Energy might not be restored for weeks.
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