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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

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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.

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Barge Shipments Through the Port Continue to Increase

“A 12-barge tow holds the equivalent of 720 semi-trucks or 180 railcars.” This quote by Deidre Smith, Oklahoma Department of Transportation Waterways Branch Manager, exemplifies the reason why inland waterway transportation is the most energy efficient, cost effective, and environmentally sound method of freight transportation.

For the month of October, barge tonnage for the Tulsa Port of Catoosa was 213,717 tons in 111 barges, an amount of waterborne freight that would have added a staggering 8,500 trucks to our roads and highways, but which was instead diverted to the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System! This compares to 164,171 tons in 90 barges for September. Grand total year to date through October is 1,794,202 tons compared to 1,227,675tons for this same period in 2015.

The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS) is a 445-river-mile system that starts at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa and ends at the Mississippi river, and which has been in operation for over 45 years. At the time of its opening in 1970, the MKARNS was the largest civil works project ever constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers. It’s development was driven by the need for a flood control system on the Arkansas River — a system that is still providing flood control benefits today. Other benefits of the MKARNS are Hydro Electric power and recreation. The multi-purpose dams managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are the largest producer of hydro-electric power in the United States and help create and maintain the rivers and reservoirs which are enjoyed by campers, fishermen, and boaters.

River transportation provides an efficient, environmentally friendly and cost effective way to transport commodities to and from the central states area and other Port locations throughout the world. Many different products are being shipped on the navigation system including petroleum products, fertilizers, coal and coke, iron and steel, wheat, soybeans, and other agricultural products.

A recent Regional Economic Impact Study, conducted for the Oklahoma segment of the McClellan–Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, determined that the MKARNS provided $1.29 billion in annual business sales and 8,743 full-and part-time jobs within the 80-plus companies located along the navigation system in Oklahoma. “The benefits of an active, useful inland waterway are cost effective to businesses,” said Deidre Smith.

Nearly 66 percent of the 12 million tons of commodities shipped annually on Oklahoma and Arkansas’ waterway are agricultural products. And, according to Smith, shipping rates of all modes are reduced by 15 percent due to the competition the system provides.

“Fuel use and CO2 emissions are reduced by 40 percent compared to rail and 270 percent by truck,” Smith said. “More than 468,000 additional semis would have driven through the I-40 corridor between Oklahoma and Arkansas if the MKARNS were not available for transporting freight last year alone. The bottom line is, having an inland waterway in this region of the country sets Oklahoma and the Tulsa area apart. We have quality waterway options that are not found elsewhere.”

About the Tulsa Port of Catoosa

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.

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Cancellation Notice – November Board Meeting

The Port Authority Board Meeting scheduled for November 17th has been cancelled.

The staff has reviewed the possible agenda items for the regular meeting scheduled for November 17, 2016 and found that the only items to be addressed were the regular claims motions, none of which are time sensitive.  We have talked with Chairman McElroy and Secretary/Treasurer Coffman and they concur that the November 17 meeting should be cancelled.

However, if an item comes up requiring Board action before the next regularly scheduled meeting, a Special Meeting may be called to address that issue.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board is December 15, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

If you have any questions regarding this cancellation, please call Bob Portiss or Charlotte Pyle at (918) 266-2291.

Tulsa Port of Catoosa reports September 2016 shipping tonnage

Total barge tonnage for the Tulsa Port of Catoosa was 164,171 tons for September 2016, including a significant amount of agricultural fertilizer from CF Industries, a fertilizer manufacturer.

In September 2016, the total barge tonnage for the Tulsa Port of Catoosa was 164,171 tons, which included a significant amount of agricultural fertilizer from CF Industries, a North American fertilizer manufacturer and distributor based in Deerfield, Illinois.

CF Industries moves more than 400,000 tons of product through the Port of Catoosa via barge, eliminating more than 20,000 trucks from the road on a yearly basis. In fact, more than 40 years ago, CF Industries’ Verdigris Nitrogen Complex site was chosen with the use of waterways for transport of their product in mind.

“The hallmark of CF Industries product distribution system is flexibility,” Clint Herring, general manager of the Verdigris Nitrogen Complex. “Fertilizer use is time sensitive. CF Industries has to get its products to customers when they need to use it, and the barges on the McClellan-Kerr Navigation Waterway System through the Port of Catoosa provides an efficient and economical option for our transportation needs.”

CF Industries, which was founded in 1946, ships products to the northern Midwestern states, and today the Verdigris complex is one of the company’s largest transporter of products because of its utilization of the Port of Catoosa.

“The barges are critical to the Verdigris’ complex’s competitive position,” Herring said. “The port allows us to ship products in a more cost-effective manner than by using trucks or rail.”

Total shipping for the entire McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in September 2016 was 903,538. The Oklahoma portion was 375, 927 tons, 44% of that 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 for 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 and 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.

About CF Industries Holdings
CF Industries Holdings, Inc. is a North American manufacturer and distributor of agricultural fertilizers, based in Deerfield, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. It was founded in 1946 as the Central Farmers Fertilizer Company. For its first 56 years, it was a federation of regional agricultural supply cooperatives. CF Industries is now a publicly traded company.