As part of its complete transit solution, Hudson normally transfers a customer’s material from Europe to the American Midwest through the great lakes. As winter progresses and the lakes freeze over, Hudson adapts the supply chain to move the material up from New Orleans, where it is lightered onto barges the trans-shipped up the Mississippi River.
The recent “polar vortex” made this plan of action impossible. The sustained, bitter cold froze the Illinois River at key junctions, making passage by barge completely unworkable. Another solution would have to be found.