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Officials say barges carrying wheat, wood and other goods will remain at a standstill for the rest of the month while workers repair a critical navigation lock at the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River.
One of two ways that Pacific Northwest farmers get their wheat to export in Portland has been shut down after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers stopped barge traffic on the Columbia River around the Bonneville Dam after a crack was found on a critical part of one of its massive locks.
A Navy spokeswoman said the Feb. 11 incident remained under investigation Tuesday, but a buildup of ice may have been a contributing factor. The Naval Safety Center classified the incident as a “Class A” mishap, meaning the vessel may be totally lost or damage may exceed $2 million.
Crews are trying to remove a barge that partially sank in the Yellowstone River in Montana.
The Port of Portland is subsidizing a barge and rail system to get products out of Lewiston, Idaho after major shipping lines stopped serving the port. The Oregonian reports that a container barge set off Thursday from Lewiston for the first time in eight months carrying containers of agricultural and paper products to the...