Jan-July chemical shipments on US waterways rise 9%

18 August 2010 23:41  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Chemical and petroleum shipments on US waterways from January through July rose more than 9% year over year, according to an indicator released on Wednesday by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The indicator confirmed traffic reports at the port of New Orleans, though the Louisiana port could not provide specific figures on chemical and petroleum shipments in July.

Recent chemical tanker traffic data on the Houston Ship Channel was not immediately available.

The New Orleans port's latest data shows iso-container shipments - which include chemical cargoes - up 42% from January through June, said port spokesman Chris Bonura.

If that trend holds up in coming months 2010 will be a record year in chemical volume for the Louisiana port, Bonura said.

"That's really been a growth area for us," Bonura said.

Petroleum and chemical shipments on US inland waterways in July rose for the eighth month in a row, according to a monthly indicator by the Corps's Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center in New Orleans.

The indicator tracks chemical and barge shipments on the Mississippi and Ohio river systems.

The Corps's data does not track specific chemicals or petroleum products each month, but only as a generic group.

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