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, e-mail us or follow the Port on Facebook or Twitter.

May Shipping Tonnage Report

CATOOSA, OKLA. – The Tulsa Port of Catoosa announced that it handled 209,388 tons of various products shipped by barge during May 2016. This is a significant increase over last year, when the Port only handled 46,806 tons. The low number in 2015 was due to heavy rainfall and rapid flows of water which caused closures on the navigation system for an extended period of time.

“We are happy to report that average rainfall amounts so far this year have allowed us to enjoy normal shipping levels through the Port, a big increase over this time last year,” said Chip McElroy, chairman of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County port authority. “We continue to see positive developments and good shipping figures from our Port in 2016.”

Total shipping for the entire McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System for May 2016 was 972,549 which is a 625,213 ton increase over May of last year. The Oklahoma segment accounts for 51 percent of that total.

Two years ago, the Port opened the Oklahoma Maritime Education Center with the intention of increasing public awareness of the importance of the Port and the waterway to the economy of our region and nation. The outreach efforts of the MEC have reached thousands of students and adults since its opening in May, 2014. The MEC is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is free to the public, and large groups are welcome to schedule a tour.

“The MEC is part of our overall goal of increasing awareness of not only our facility, but of the importance of the navigation system to commerce,” said McElroy.

April Shipping Tonnage Report

CATOOSA, OKLA. – The Tulsa Port of Catoosa announced that for April 2016 it handled 180,328 tons of various products shipped by barge. This is an increase of 23 percent over April 2015 when the Port handled 146,687 tons.

“We are very pleased with this overall shipping growth,” said Port Authority Chairman Chip McElroy. “We know the waterway and the Port provide the most economical and environmentally friendly way to transport goods in Oklahoma, and therefore are not surprised to know that our Port and waterway are being used more frequently.”

Total shipping for the entire McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System for April 2016 was 1,018,023, a 12.2 percent increase over April of last year.

“In 2015, we weathered through slow economic times, a trend that has followed us through our activities to date this year,” says McElroy. “We hope the heavy rainfalls of last year will not return, thereby improving waterway reliability for shipping purposes. We know waterway transportation plays a vital role in the economic growth of both the state of Oklahoma and the entire region, and therefore positive numbers reflect positive growth.”

Port Welcomes Back Visitor from Original Dedication in 1971

Bill Casey arrived Tuesday at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa by water — just as he did 45 years ago.

Aboard a houseboat named “Miss Mary,” after his mother, he was part of the original flotilla that greeted President Richard Nixon at the port’s dedication in June 1971. This time around, Port Director Bob Portiss singled out Casey at an event celebrating the facility’s recently completed $11.7 million dock project. Read the full story from the Tulsa World here.

Renovated Dock Creates Opportunities and Jobs for Oklahoma

“If we can have our young people go to school, get a good education, stay here in Oklahoma, have job creation like the port does … that can keep those kids here, it will certainly help grow what we believe is the heart of America, and that’s in Oklahoma,” Ridley said. Port officials hope with the new dock and recent expansions to the Panama Canal, Oklahoma might become a new hub for container shipping. Read the full article from Public Radio Tulsa here.