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eNews • January 8, 2020
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What is the difference in density between fresh water and salt water and how does it impact ocean transportation?

Saltwater is more dense than freshwater. For example, the density of freshwater in the Mississippi River in southern Louisiana is 0.999. The density of saltwater at Japanese ports is 1.025. Due to the more dense/heavier water in Japan, the vessel will automatically rise about 11.4 inches (29 centimeters). This explains one of the reasons saltwater ports are less susceptible to draft restrictions than freshwater ports. Ships do not sink as much in saltwater.

In addition, an original Panamax ocean vessel consumes approximately 30 tons of fuel per day. If a journey from southern Louisiana to Japan requires 30 days, a ship will consume 900 tons of fuel. On a Panamax vessel, it takes approximately 66 tons to sink the vessel 1 centimeter (0.39 inches). Therefore, a vessel will rise in the water 5.35 inches (13.6 centimeters) due to utilizing 900 tons of fuel.

Therefore, a Panamax ocean vessel can have a reduction in draft requirements of 16.75 inches by traveling from southern Louisiana to Japan.


Source: Soy Transportation Coalition

Trump signs spending bills with big increases for waterways and maritime programs

Trump signs spending bills with big increases for waterways and maritime programs

President Trump signed into law two massive spending bills on Dec. 20 that include healthy budgets for ongoing inland waterways construction and maintenance as well as port dredging and investment, while also signing a defense bill that supports shipyard grants and would ease the transition from military to mariner jobs.

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2019 Rocks the Railroads

2019 Rocks the Railroads

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Banks own thousands of commodity-carrying railcars in 'suffering' industry: Report

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While the railcars proved valuable for a time after the crisis, it appears now the industry is stalling.

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The Soy Transportation Coalition is comprised of thirteen state soybean boards, the American Soybean Association, and the United Soybean Board. The National Grain and Feed Association and the National Oilseed Processors Association serve as ex-officio members of the organization.

Soy Transportation Coalition
1255 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy., Ankeny, Iowa 50023
Phone: (515) 727-0665 Fax (515) 251-8657

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