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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 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.

 

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.