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Insight: Wooden dams and river jams - U.S. strains to ship record grains

Reuters  |  ABOARD THE OLIVER C. SHEARER, Ohio River 

By Tom Polansek and Karl PlumeABOARD THE OLIVER C. SHEARER, Ohio River (Reuters) - America's worst traffic jam this fall occurred on the Ohio River, where a line of about 50 miles of boats hauling grains and other products turned into a waterborne parking lot, as ship captains waited for the river to reopen.Such delays are worsening on the nation's waterways, which are critical to commerce for the United States, the largest grain exporter in the world. Of the country's $40 billion in annual grain and soybean exports, about 60 percent is moved by barges on rivers, including the Ohio.The ...

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First Published: Tue, December 05 2017. 11:46 IST