"When they aren't moving, they aren't creating any revenue."
It’s around 8:30 on a chilly morning and workers are starting their day at America’s Central Port on the East Saint Louis side of the Mississippi River.
Under a steady drizzle they blast clean barge hulls with massive power washers.
In a suit and tie the port’s Executive Director Dennis Wilmsmeyer is a sharp contrast to bearded workers wearing Carhart overalls.
He takes a wide stance on top of barge that rocks back and forth.