NETS News

Vol II, Issue 1 January 2006

Market Power in Barge Shipping
NETS researchers Drs. Simon P. Anderson and Wesley W. Wilson derive spatial competition models from two variants using a perfectly competitive benchmark. In order to understand strategic rivalry in two dimensions, oligopolistic rivalry between barge operators and rail operators is analyzed independently of rivalry among barge operators shipping from neighboring river terminals before blending these results to derive the two dimensional relationship.

Fact Sheet | Paper (pdf, 240 KB)

HarborSym Training Rescheduled
The HarborSym training classes in Mobile, Alabama, which were postponed last year due to Hurricane Katrina, have been rescheduled.  The two-day classes will be held at the Mobile District offices (109 St. Joseph Street, Mobile, AL) between the hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm on March 14-15, 2006 and again on March 16-17, 2006.  Please contact Ken Claseman by e-mail at: or at telephone number if you wish to attend.  Local hotel and travel information will be provided to participants.  Spaces for these classes are limited so please sign up as soon as possible.

Fact Sheet

Determining Rail Capacity to Accommodate Grain Flows to the Mississippi River
A report released by The Louis Berger Group, Inc. details findings obtained from interviews of major grain terminal operators working in the St. Louis, MO area to determine rail and rail-barge transfer facility system capacity to accommodate grain flows by rail to the Mississippi River.   The most significant findings from the interviews included:

  1. The majority (80 to 90 percent) of all grain coming into St. Louis is transported by truck, not rail.
  2. The majority (95 percent) of grain loaded on barges in St. Louis is destined for New Orleans export markets.
  3. Grain moving through St. Louis may be down approximately 25% to 40% from its 1997 peak .
  4. Much of the grain being shipped by rail in the upper West and Midwest is not being exported, but is being used domestically.
  5. The major reason barge is preferred to rail for transport between St. Louis and New Orleans is due to New Orleans’ setups to facilitate direct mid-stream transfers from barges to ships.
  6. A major concern for barge travel is maintaining an adequate water flow to permit full use of barge capacity; when the water level is low, barges can only be filled part-way, greatly increasing the transport cost.

Fact SheetPaper (pdf, 282 KB)

NETS Symposium Held January 12-14
The 2006 NETS Symposium was held January 12 - 14, 2006, in Salt Lake City, Utah. I wide variety of NETS studies and topics were discussed. Symposium materials are now available!

2006 Symposium Materials | Previous Symposia


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