Nov 30 Cargill Inc's barge company
Cargo Carriers said Friday that it was limiting drafts on
northbound barges on the Mississippi River to 8 feet due to low
water on the drought-sapped river and will soon impose similar
curbs on southbound vessels, said President Richard Calhoun.
Further restrictions on drafts and barge tow sizes were
likely as the river continues to recede along a busy stretch
from St. Louis to Cairo, Illinois, limiting the volume of grain
and other products that are shipped on the waterway, he said.
A total halt to navigation was also possible unless the
region receives rain or more water is released from upriver dams
on the tributary Missouri River, he said.