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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.

Bob Portiss Dedicates New Dock in Traditional Maritime Ceremony

“The one thing that Bob Portiss knows, is he knows tenacity, and he also knows patience and not necessarily in that order,” said Jaenichen. “Bob, you saw the need for the project years ago and you began designing it long before the country ran into crisis. There is a number of places … already in crisis, but not here.” Read the full article from the Claremore Progress here.

Port’s Renovated Dock to Increase Shipping Capacity

Tulsa is primed to expand shipping capacity as the Panama Canal expansion nears completion with newly renovated dock and rail facilities. After more than two years of phased construction, officials at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa formally dedicated its $11.7-million dock renovation project on May 10, 2016, in front of an estimated crowd of 800. Read the full article from Railway Track & Structures here.