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eNews • February 4, 2011
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Did you know?

Largest ocean vessels in the world by category:

Category Class Length Draft* Operator
Supertanker TI Class (4 total) 1,302 feet 81 feet Overseas Shipholding Group
Container Ship E Class (8 total) 1,302 feet 51 feet A.P. Moeller-Maersk
Aircraft Carrier Nimitz Class (10 total) 1,122 feet 40 feet US Navy
Cruise Ship Oasis Class (2 total) 1,187 feet 31 feet Royal Caribbean

Draftvertical distance between a ship's waterline and the lowest point of its keel.  Depth of water to which a ship sinks according to its load.  Most ships have parallel horizontal lines drawn on both sides of the bow (front) and stern (back) to indicate each foot of draft.   

Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board joins Soy Transportation Coalition

Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board joins Soy Transportation Coalition

The Soy Transportation Coalition (STC) is pleased to announce the addition of the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board as a member organization. Tennessee becomes the tenth state soybean board to join the STC. 

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Shippers worry river may not be deep enough

Shippers worry river may not be deep enough

Lower levels of funding for dredging the Mississippi River south of Baton Rouge will have "a ripple effect" upriver, raising the cost of importing material from overseas and exporting American agricultural products, says a coalition concerned with river commerce. 

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Suez Canal Stays Open, Ports Congested

Suez Canal Stays Open, Ports Congested

The Suez Canal remained open to ship transits on Thursday and shipping companies are re-opening offices despite escalating violence in Cairo between supporters and opponents of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and a nationwide curfew.

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U.S. storm cripples cash grain markets

U.S. storm cripples cash grain markets

A winter storm sweeping across the central United States wreaked havoc on agricultural operations on February 2, threatening the dormant winter wheat crop and livestock, slowing the processing and transportation of agricultural commodities and delaying future markets.

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Container Ship Overcapacity to Last 12 Months, Report Says

Container Ship Overcapacity to Last 12 Months, Report Says

Ocean container carriers face overcapacity for at least another 12 months as the supply of new ships outpaces slowing cargo demand, an industry analyst forecast.

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Shanghai Becomes World’s Largest Container Port

Shanghai Becomes World’s Largest Container Port

Shanghai overtook Singapore as the world's busiest container port in 2010, helped by continuing growth in Chinese trade and the business generated by the World Expo it hosted last year, the city government recently announced.

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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
Email msteenhoek@soytransportation.org
Web www.soytransportation.org

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