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St. Joseph Port Authority ships first ever grain barges

November 19, 2019 GMT

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) — The first grain ever moved from the St. Joseph Port Authority is on its way down the Missouri River.

Transport 360, which operates the St. Joseph port, said two barges filled Monday with grain will go to New Orleans before likely being shipped internationally.

A third barge loaded Monday is carrying sandbags downriver for a project.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports Transport 360 general manager Jason Laipple says port officials have been told the Missouri River should stay at or below flood stage for the next couple of months.

Chief Executive Officer Bill Becker says he port expects to send about 20 barges into the winter.

The Port Authority has expanded this year to double the facility’s size and can now hold up to 10,000 tons of dry storage.

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Information from: St. Joseph News-Press/St. Joe, Missouri, http://www.newspressnow.com