Amadeusz Juskowiak

Gulf barge freight rates up further on call

Gulf barge freight rates firmed again on the outlook for steady vessel loadings at the Gulf increasing the demand for barges to supply those ships dealers said

No barges traded today on the St Louis Merchants Exchange call session versus 29 yesterday

Quotes included

Delivery this week on the Illinois River Joliet 135 pct of tariff bid140 offered with next week same river ex Chicago quoted the same both up 212 percentage points

Next week Mississippi River St Louis 120 pct bid12712 offered up five points

Next week Ohio River Owensborosouth 125 pct bid13212 offered up 712 points

On station Illinois River south Chicago 135 pct bid140 offered no comparison

March Illinois ex Chicago 13212 pct bid140 offered up 212 points

March Ohio River bid at yesterdays traded level of 125 pct offered at 13212

March lower Mississippi River MemphisCairo 11212 pct bid120 offered no comparison

May Illinois River ex Chicago 100 pct bid10712 offered

no comparison

SeptNov Lower Mississippi River MemphisCairo 13712 pct bid145 offered with SeptDec same section 125 pct bid135 offered no comparison

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