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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.

 

Tulsa Port of Catoosa August Tonnage Includes Molasses

Tulsa Port of Catoosa August Tonnage Includes Molasses

The Tulsa Port of Catoosa shipped 172,968 tons during August 2016

Total barge tonnage at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa for the month of August 2016 was 172,968 tons. Included in this total was a barge load of molasses, about 238,000 gallons, shipped in to Westway Feed Products’ Port of Catoosa terminal. The molasses is combined with other ingredients to produce liquid cattle feed for cattle ranchers. Westway receives several thousand tons of molasses annually to meet the needs of the region’s cattle ranchers.

“We are happy to support one of the largest molasses suppliers in the nation and serve its transportation needs,” said Port Authority Chairman Chip McElroy. “This is a growing industry as cattle ranchers continue to see the benefits of using liquid cattle feed.”

Westway Feed Products utilizes the Tulsa Port of Catoosa to distribute liquid feed supplement throughout Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas and Kansas. The waterway here in Oklahoma allows the company to easily transport their raw and finished products efficiently. Bringing molasses in by barge allows Westway to produce a competitive product and because the Tulsa Port of Catoosa is a multi-modal shipping complex they can ship their final product to customers in the region by truck or by rail.

For cattlemen and dairymen, liquid feed products provide an efficient distribution method with the ability to add minerals, vitamins or other beneficial nutrients.  They also benefit from protein supplements, custom mixes and sugar/molasses blends.

Liquid molasses based products are supplied to beef, dairy, feed yard and feed mill segments of the agricultural industry. In addition to molasses, Westway Feed utilizes co-products from other industries to meet requested nutritional specifications.  Blends, suspension, pellets, tub and blocks are just a few of the end products that result from Westway Feed’s processes.

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 and at a fraction of the cost and environmental impact of rail or truck. To find out more about the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, visit www.tulsaport.com or follow the Port on Facebook or Twitter.

About WestwayFeed Products
Westway Feed Products LLC is North America’s largest manufacturer of liquid livestock nutrition products. The company has over twenty-five manufacturing plants across the country. Products are marketed through a nationwide sales team, distributors and retail outlets. Westway Feed Products LLC is headquartered at Tomball, TX and their parent company ED&F Man is based in the United Kingdom.

To learn more about Westway Feed Products LLC, visit www.westwayfeed.com.

Tulsa Port of Catoosa Reports July Shipping Tonnage

Total barge tonnage for the month of July at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa was 180,150 tons

The total barge tonnage for the month of July, at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, was 180,150 tons. Included in this tonnage was a significant amount of gypsum. In fact, during July the Port shipped it’s 14th gypsum barge of the year, equivalent to 840 semi-trailer trucks or 210 rail cars.

The gypsum is mined in southwestern Oklahoma, near the town of Cyril, by ACG Materials. The product is then trucked a short distance to the Stillwater Central Railroad, loaded into railcars and then shipped to the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. At the Port, the gypsum is directly transferred from railcars to barge at the dry-bulk transload facility operated by Gavilon.

“We are pleased to work with partners like ACG Materials, Stillwater Central Railroad and Gavilon to move essential materials like gypsum to their final destination utilizing the inland navigation system,” says Port Authority Chairman, Chip McElroy. “This type of synergy ensures that Oklahoma-based companies can remain competitive and provide quality sector jobs.”

Utilizing the lower rates associated with barge transportation, companies like ACG Materials can move their products more cost effectively, expand their markets and better serve their customers.

“Competition is tough among gypsum suppliers,” says Tony Nutter, ACG Materials senior account manager. “Barge transportation to some locations on the river gives us a slight edge. Typically, transportation costs dictate to whom we can supply our products.”

“Waterway and transportation growth are vital to Oklahoma’s economic vitality,” says Bob Portiss, director of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. “Being a partner in the shipping of gypsum helps many different sectors of our economy, not only in Oklahoma, but also across the region.”

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 and at a fraction of the cost and environmental impact of rail or truck.

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 June shipping tonnage

Tulsa Port of Catoosa reports June shipping tonnage

CATOOSA, OKLA. – For the first time at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa pre-stressed concrete bridge beams were shipped on the waterway. These beams were headed to a new bridge being built over the Grand River by C-Gawf Construction. There were 24 bridge beams built here in Tulsa by the company Coreslab. Each one of the beams are 145 feet long and weigh 145,500 pounds. Six beams can be shipped in a barge so it took four barges to transport the beams from the Tulsa Port of Catoosa down the Verdigris River then up the Grand River to the bridge. These beams are part of the 188,995 tons of cargo handled by the Tulsa Port of Catoosa in the month of June 2016.

This new two lane bridge is being built to replace the old one lane bridge that was built in 1926. The old bridge will still be there for people to visit. It is an important part not only of Ft. Gibson’s history but of Oklahoma history. The one lane bridge has historical and sentimental value where the new bridge will provide safety and convenience.

Due to the restrictions of the road geometry and the presence of several obstacles along the proposed route, shipping via water was a much more attractive and efficient option. There is also significant cost savings when oversized items are shipped on the waterway. This is just one of the many reasons that 979,684 tons of various products shipped by barge on the MKARNS during June 2016. The Oklahoma segment of the waterway handled 52% of that amount of that the Tulsa Port of Catoosa handled 19%. As frequently stated by Chip McElroy, Port Authority Chairman, “These types of shipments further illustrate the significant economic impact of the Port and Waterway on the central states region”

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 currently employs nearly 3,200 Oklahomans. For more information about the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, visit www.tulsaport.com, e-mail us info@tulsaport.com or follow the Port on Facebook or Twitter.