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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.

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

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.

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

Portiss Named Champion of Change by White House

CATOOSA, OKLA. – October 8, 2015 — The White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation announced today that Bob Portiss, Port Director of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, has been named a 2015 Champion of Change.

The White House Champions of Change Program highlights the stories and examples of citizens across the nation, who are leading projects and initiatives that move their communities forward. Champions of Change: Transportation Innovators is a national program to honor leaders who have devoted their time and efforts in developing innovative ways that transportation helps their community reach new heights. This year’s theme is Beyond Traffic: Innovators for Transportation for the Future.

Bob Portiss will be one of 10 honorees recognized at the White House on October 13, 2015. The Champions of Change will also be honored by the Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx at the White House event.

“This is certainly an unbelievable honor,” said Bob Portiss. “Throughout my career, I have been an advocate for inland waterways issues at both the state and national level. To now see those efforts being recognized as part of the future of our nation’s transportation is a truly rewarding moment.”

Mr. Portiss has been a passionate advocate for inland waterways issues at both the state and national level for not only the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS), but all of the U.S. navigable waterways.

In the 1980s, Mr. Portiss and a group of MKARNS advocates formed the Coalition for Montgomery Point Lock and Dam and began a 25-year campaign to support the construction of a lock and dam at the confluence of the MKARNS and the Mississippi River to resolve issues that threatened future navigation; and through their tireless efforts Montgomery Point Lock and Dam was authorized, funded and built, opening to service in July 2005.

“While our waterways and ports are an established mode of transportation, their relevancy is growing more and more as we look to the challenges we face during the next few decades,” said Portiss. “While our roads become more congested and greenhouse gases continue to threaten the environment, our nation’s inland waterways are running efficiently and are still the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation.”

Mr. Portiss’ tireless advocacy for a partnership relationship with the Corps has led to system unity among stakeholders from two states and from two USACE districts; and as a result, in August 2009, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded Mr. Portiss the prestigious Bronze de Fleury Medal presented to honor those individuals who have provided significant contributions to Army engineering.

“I also believe that it will be difficult, if not impossible, for our nation’s highways and rail lines to handle the volume of international trade that is projected to double over the next decade,” said Portiss. “The only realistic solution is more utilization of our nation’s inland waterways system for cargo transportation needs. This is why I am also bringing attention to the fact that if we do not repair and preserve the infrastructure on our nation’s waterways, we will lose them and the economic benefits they provide.”

In 2013, Bob Portiss was appointed by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to chair the Oklahoma Port Task Force to study and develop a comprehensive plan to accommodate the added burden on Oklahoma ports, roads, and bridges resulting from the reopening of the expanded Panama Canal.

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