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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.

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.