High water on the Mississippi River has slammed the brakes on coal and petcoke loadings in the US Gulf, with more than 80 vessels queued, according to S&P Global Platts’ cFlow maritime tracking software. More than 20 vessels are queued in the Gulf outside of Head of Passes, the mouth of the river, while more than 60 are at anchor in the river below Baton Rouge. It is “absolutely” impacting operations, said one terminal operator along the river above New Orleans, noting that it’s mostly impacting the ability of barges to navigate down the river. “High water always impacts” the market, said a US-based coal broker. A spokesman for Kinder Morgan, which operates the International Marine Terminal below New Orleans, said Friday operations there have not been impacted. A petcoke trader said earlier this week […]