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Tulsa Port of Catoosa reports March 2017 shipping tonnage

Total shipping for the entire McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in March 2017 was 1,154,429. Twenty one percent of that was shipped through the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. The continual, steady growth seen at the Port of Catoosa can be tied to partners like Tuloma Stevedoring, Inc., the company that operates the general dry cargo dock at the Port.

During the month of March 2017, 244,311 tons of cargo shipped in and out of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. A portion of that number comes from steel being shipped to the Port. The steel is shipped in 25-ton rolls or coils and is used in manufacturing, which is vital to the economy in the Tulsa area. The large heavy products being shipped into the Port require specific types of equipment and skills to load and unload to and from barges. This important task is handled by Tuloma Stevedoring, Inc. Tuloma operates the general dry cargo dock at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, focusing on steel handling, but also frequently handling heavy lift items and project cargo.

“Our goal is to expeditiously enhance transportation throughout the entire navigation system,” said Terry McDonald, Tuloma Stevedoring Owner and CEO. “Tuloma has been handing lifts since 1971, and we’re proud of the experience we have that helps us handle projects for those transporting cargo, steel and other large items through the Port.”

Tuloma Stevedoring loads and unloads from barges, trucks and railcars, utilizing a well-positioned gantry crane, a mobile crane and large forklifts. The company also operates a spur track directly under the gantry crane, with additional spurs on and off the dock for easy loading and unloading.

“While our specialty is steel products like coils, wire rods, steel plates, rebar, ingots and bars, we also handle unitized and palletized cargo and manufactured equipment,” McDonald said. “In fact, with a director of operations and dock superintendent with a combined 70 years of experience, we are able to help our clients handle all forms of project cargo.”
Total shipping for the entire McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in March 2017 was 1,154,429. Twenty one percent of that total was shipped through the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.

About the Tulsa Port of Catoosa
The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is a singular combination of a multi-modal shipping complex and 2,000-acre industrial park resulting in an annual economic impact of $300 million to Oklahoma. The complex hosts roughly 72 companies and employs nearly 3,200 Oklahomans.
Located at the head of navigation for the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in Northeast Oklahoma, it is one of the largest, most inland river-ports in the United States. The Tulsa Port of Catoosa’s unique position allows companies to move millions of tons of bulk freight by barge each year, at a fraction of the cost and environmental impact of rail or truck. Just a few of the bulk freight industries utilizing the Tulsa Port of Catoosa include portions of fertilizer distributors, industrial gas suppliers, wheat growers and manufacturers of consumer goods.
The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is managed and operated by the City of Tulsa–Rogers County Port Authority and provides development services through Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa Facilities Authority.
To find out more about the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, visit www.tulsaport.com or follow the Port on Facebook or Twitter.

Tulsa Port of Catoosa Reports February 2017 Shipping Tonnage

Tulsa Port of Catoosa reports February 2017 shipping tonnage

Total barge tonnage for the Tulsa Port of Catoosa was 246,488 tons for February 2017. In addition to utilizing the Port of Catoosa, shipping partners like Viking Packing Specialist are creating new, innovative products and solutions—like fireproof bags for transportation of lithium batteries—to improve the shipping and packaging industries.

One of the companies located in the industrial park at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa is Viking Packing Specialist.  Viking has been in business for nearly 40 years and continues  to create new products that will make the shipping and packaging industry more efficient, and safer, for consumers.  Although they focus on large format packaging, mostly for the oil, aviation and defense industries, the company has recently developed a safety product to control lithium battery fires for use in the aviation industry.

“We are very proud to partner with several major airlines around our AVSAX product,” said Viking Packing Specialist President David Weilert. “The concern around lithium batteries is significant, but this product dramatically reduces the impact these fires can have—especially at high altitudes, where even a small fire can be catastrophic.”

The AVSAX product is a bag kept in the cabin of the aircraft that requires human interaction to deploy. Once deployed, the caustic lithium battery is put inside the bag, containing and extinguishing any potential fire. Viking Packing Specialist has been working for about two years to bring this to the marketplace, and has  put the AVSAX through 50 different test phases to create the right product.

“We were methodical and thorough when creating this solution-oriented product,” Weilert said. “It just speaks to our desire to be a partner with transportation entities to meet their needs—whether it is a safety issue, a cargo issue or something else.”

Specializing in manufacturing and distributing large shipping containers, export and domestic wooden crates and all types of hazardous materials packaging, Viking Packing Specialist came to the Port of Catoosa seven years ago.

“We are so pleased to be at The Port of Catoosa, and we are happy to contribute what we can to the growth of the entire area,” Weilert said. “The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is a unique and special asset to Northeastern Oklahoma—and the entire region. We are seeing growth because of our association with the Port, and I hope the Port is growing because of what we can offer. It’s definitely a win-win for us.”

Total shipping for the entire McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in February 2017 was 1,216,303.  The Oklahoma section shipped 703, 002 tons with the Tulsa Port of Catoosa handling 35% of that total.

About the Tulsa Port of Catoosa

The Tulsa Port of Catoosa combines a multi-modal shipping complex and 2,000-acre industrial park, resulting in an annual economic impact of $300 million to Oklahoma. The complex hosts roughly 72 companies and employs nearly 3,200 Oklahomans.

Located at the head of navigation for the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in Northeast Oklahoma, it is one of the largest, most inland river-ports in the United States. The Tulsa Port of Catoosa’s unique position allows companies to move millions of tons of bulk freight by barge each year, at a fraction of the cost and environmental impact of rail or truck. Just a few of the bulk freight industries utilizing the Tulsa Port of Catoosa include portions of fertilizer distributors, industrial gas suppliers, wheat growers and manufacturers of consumer goods.

The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is managed and operated by the City of Tulsa–Rogers County Port Authority and provides development services through Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa Facilities Authority.

To find out more about the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, visit www.tulsaport.com or follow the Port on Facebook or Twitter.

Notice of Change – January Board Meeting

The Port Authority Board Meeting scheduled for January 19, 2017 has been changed to January 17, 2017 at 8:30 a.m.

The meeting location remains the same to be held at the Port Authority Offices at 5350 Cimarron Road, Catoosa, OK.

If you have any questions regarding this date change, please call Charlotte Pyle at (918) 266-2291.

PORT MTG NOTICE JANUARY 2017

Tulsa Port of Catoosa reports November shipping tonnage

CATOOSA, OKLA. – The Port handled 221,884 tons during the month of November. A high proportion of this waterway shipping volume was from grain and related agricultural products. Steel materials, both raw materials and semi-finished and finished goods, a strong contender for significant shipping activity in the past, is showing signs of  recovery with recent announcements by two Port located facilities that they are  returning to normal  fabrication activities.

Total shipping for the entire McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in November, 2016 was 919,123 tons. Twenty-four percent of that was shipped through the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.

There are more than 70 companies currently located at the Port.  Among them is the Bayou Steel Group which has been using their Port location to ship steel products throughout the south, central and western United States since 1987.  Bayou Steel produces these products at its American steel mini mill location in LaPlace, Louisiana, which is located directly on the Mississippi River.   Bayou also has distribution depots in Chicago and Pittsburg.  According to Matt McComber, General Manager of the Port of Catoosa Facility, “the key to Bayou’s continued success is the use of highly cost-effective  inland river barges to ship its products in large bulk lots”. Bayou customers which are served by the Port facility includes steel service centers that redistribute Bayou’s products, along with various end users involved in the construction industry. In recent years, Bayou expanded its steel handling services by constructing a rail spur into their Port of Catoosa Facility, allowing rail car shipments in and out by the Port’s  railroad.  The Port provides on-site switching services for rail cars brought to the Port by the BNSF and WATCO railroad companies.

About Bayou Steel Group

Bayou Steel Group is a North American company focused on the production of long carbon steel products. They are seasoned industry veterans whose combined steel producing capacity exceeds 700,000 net tons per year. To find out more information about the Bayou Steel Group, visit www.bayousteelgroup.com.

About the Tulsa Port of Catoosa

The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is a  multi-modal shipping complex having some 2500 acres of land with 12 waterfront facilities handling liquid, dry bulk, iron and steel and agricultural products   resulting in an annual economic impact of over $300 million to Oklahoma. To illustrate, in part, the impact on people in general, consider that enough grain is shipped through the Port each year to provide nine sandwiches for every person in the United States with some left over.

Located at the head of navigation for the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in Northeast Oklahoma, it is one of the largest, most ice free, inland river-ports in the United States. The Tulsa Port of Catoosa’s unique position allows companies to move millions of tons of bulk freight by barge each year—at a fraction of the cost and environmental impact of rail or truck. Just a few of the bulk freight industries utilizing the Port include  fertilizer distributors, industrial gas suppliers, wheat and soybean farmers,  and manufacturers of consumer goods.

The Port is  operated by the City of Tulsa–Rogers County Port Authority, a nine member private industry Board providing policy guidance to its 10 member staff for the continued development of the Port.  Commercial retail space and industrial financing services  are also available through, in part, private activity industrial revenue bonds issued by its Industrial Trust– Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa Facilities Authority.

To find out more about the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, visit www.tulsaport.com or follow the Port on Facebook or Twitter.