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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.

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Port Dedicates $12 million Renovated Dock in Official Ceremony

The champagne flew and loud and colorful fireworks shot into the air as the Tulsa Port of Catoosa formally christened its wharf after a $12 million face lift. Read the full article from the Tulsa World here.

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Port Reports December and 2015 Tonnage

CATOOSA, OKLA. – January 21, 2016 – Total barge tonnage through the Port in December was 147,723 tons, boosting the annual total for 2015 to 1,551,808 tons.

While lower than the 2014 total, the volume is substantial given the number of external factors the Port had to contend with over the past year, including a strong U.S. dollar which has made US exports more expensive; the precipitous drop in the price of oil; a poor grain harvest in Oklahoma, combined with reduced demand for U.S. grain exports; slow global growth, especially in key emerging markets; and excessive rains — likely the most significant of those headwinds.

Last May, and then again in late December, excessive rainfall created fast currents all along the system that either severely restricted or forced shipping to a halt altogether. In all, nearly eight weeks of shipping were lost due to this situation.

Despite those challenges, Port Authority Chairman Chip McElroy was upbeat about the Port and its future at the annual State of the Port address on January 12th. McElroy praised the work of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for their efforts to get the navigation system up and running again as well as for their successful flood-control management.

McElroy also touted the advantages that the Port and waterway bring to the region.

“The economic impact to Oklahoma and the surrounding region from this Port and the waterway is staggering,” he said. “Waterway transportation — despite the challenges of 2015 — is still the most economical and environmentally friendly method of surface transportation on the planet. We firmly believe that cargo transportation by water will continue to play a vital role in the economic growth of our state and region,” said McElroy.

Total shipping for the entire McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in 2015 was 9.9 million tons, 1.7 million lower than in 2014. Of the 2015 total, nearly 4.5 million tons were shipped through Oklahoma.

The Port handled 16% of the cargo shipped on the navigation system last year, and 35% of the cargo that moved through Oklahoma.

The 2,500-acre Tulsa Port of Catoosa complex offers industrial sites for lease, and its Riverview Business Park, adjacent to the Port, offers property for sale.

Stay current with what’s happening at the Port by visiting our website at www.tulsaport.com, or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Posted by:  Jeff Yowell

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Port Celebrates 45th Anniversary of 1st Barge

On January 21st, the Port celebrated the 45th anniversary of its first barge cargo, 600 tons of newsprint for the Tulsa World and Tulsa Tribune that arrived on January 21, 1971. Check out the photos of that event as well as “then and now” photos of the Port and its industrial park. Big changes!  View the photos on our Facebook page.

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Tulsa Port of Catoosa Reports March 2016 Shipping

CATOOSA, OKLA. – April 21, 2016 – The unusually mild winter in the region has resulted in an early spring planting season, adding demand for fertilizer suppliers who were already seeing low inventories.   As a result, over seventy percent of the inbound waterborne cargo shipped during the month of March was fertilizer.  Agricultural products remained strong on the export side as well, as over 50,000 tons of wheat and soybeans were shipped.   A total of 187,333 tons of waterborne cargo shipped through the Port in March, in 124 barges.  This total represents the best month for barge shipments at the Port since January of 2015.
The Port’s main dock construction project is nearing completion.  This eleven million dollar project has been under construction for approximately two years, and is scheduled to be complete near the end of April.      “We are really excited to see this project completed.” said David Yarbrough, Deputy Port Director, “The enhanced capabilities of the newly rehabilitated main dock and crane are critical to the growth of the Port.”   The Port will be dedicating the main dock at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.  V.I.P. guests from the U.S. Maritime Administration and State of Oklahoma will be attending and speaking.

Total shipping for the entire McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in March was 1,143,351 tons.  Of that total, 702,234 tons were shipped through Oklahoma.
The 2,500-acre Tulsa Port of Catoosa complex offers industrial sites for lease, and its Riverview Business Park, adjacent to the Port, offers property for sale.
Stay current with what’s happening at the Port by visiting our website at www.tulsaport.com, or by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Posted by:  Sheila Shook