Pursuant to NGFA Barge Freight Trading Rule 18(J), the NGFA declared that the Mid-Mississippi River opened for navigation as of 7:00 a.m. on Monday, March 6.
NGFA Barge Freight Trading Rule 18(J) provides as follows: “The Dubuque and South (Mid-Mississippi) opening commences the first 07:00 hours of the first business day after the first empty dry cargo covered barge suitable for loading, originating at or below Winfield, MO, reaches Dubuque, Iowa. The Mid-Miss opening shall be determined by a majority vote of a three person committee appointed by the NGFA Chairman and shall be announced by publishing the committee’s confirmation of the opening on the NGFA web site.”
As set forth in the rule, the three-person committee appointed by NGFA chairman determined that the Mid-Mississippi River was opened at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, March 6, after the MV Stephen Colby reached Dubuque at 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, with at least one empty dry cargo covered barge suitable for loading. Serving on the NGFA committee are: Jeff Webb, chairperson, Barge Freight Trading Manager, Cargill, Inc., Minneapolis, MN; Kim Ekena, Vice President, American River Transportation Company, Decatur, IL; and Matt Tomayko, Manager, Grain Sales, Ingram Barge Company, Nashville, TN.