This is looking in thegate at Cargill. You can see the mountain straight ahead. You can also see several piles on the left side of the pic. On the right side, is bagged product on pallets, covered in black plastic. They go for about 100 yards! As far as th eye can see (in this pic).
We were down at Pt. Newark a couple of weeks ago. In the past 15 years I have not seen that much road salt in the NY/NJ market
pre-season. I am told by my salt contacts that the origination shipping ports are loaded to the maximum. Some of the rock salt mines have stopped production.
I can remember 3 years ago they had piles like that down in Toledo Ohio at the ports coming in from the Great Lakes. Then they shut the mines down and then 'guess what" all kinds of shortages. Go figure
Originally posted by Eager Beaver I can remember 3 years ago they had piles like that down in Toledo Ohio at the ports coming in from the Great Lakes. Then they shut the mines down and then 'guess what" all kinds of shotages. Go figure
when the towns get salt (on state bid), and are sent to New London to get it,, the salt comes from Ireland. Ireland, salt is one of they're biggest exports. Few years back, all Irish salt was a deep red/maroon color. Go figure.
I bet it would be some comparison!!! There were piles like that here in the fall. Now the piles are only as high as the loader stacks and about a 1/10 of the size. They can't get it off the barge fast enough.
New London CT soes not have salt anymore, they stopped a few years back. Salt now comes from New Haven and Providence. I went to Providence last thursday and they were unloading a salt barge at that time. It was pretty neat seeing the conveyor system that was being used.
Not surprised. I've been off the highway now three years. It was a big hassle getting salt from there and having it trucked up to us. Secondly, the salt was always saturated in water. I don't think they ever covered the piles when off loaded. If they did, it wasn't a good covering job. I know the state and some of the bigger towns complained constantly. Maybe that is why it has been moved elsewhere.
At least 2 different barges landed there this week, so the pile could be decent at this moment. Although, there are plenty of trucks pulling in there to take it away, so it may not last too long. Chuck, if you see this, I'm driving right by there tonight. (around 10:00 PM then again around Midnight on way home.) Post or call me with directions of how to get exactly where the salt is & I'll swing by & take a look. If it seems my camera can get decent night shots, I'll take them.
I drive by some similar salt piles every day in Portsmouth, NH. This year there has been a parade of ships through the place. They work 24/7 unloading the ships, and as soon as one leaves another one takes its place. Needless to say we are having a snowy winter.
Heres the sad thing though- you would think I might be able to buy salt cheaply since I buy it directly from the guy unloading the ships, but he charges $50/ton. A similar price to what I have seen quoted here for folks much further from the port. The folks who run the operation take home some serious $$$.
It's starting to get tuff to get salt, we just got another load today outa port Newark, we've probly gone through somewhere around 160 tons this year so far. I hear there all backed up getting salt out to guys and some people are saying there having trouble getting it, we've been ok though.