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Port of Catoosa Reaches Shipping Milestone

Tulsa, Okla.— July 14, 2014 — The Tulsa Port of Catoosa has reached a major milestone –handling 75 million tons of waterborne cargo over the past 43 years. It’s the equivalent of three million truckloads, and it has brought Oklahoma roughly $31 billion in commerce.

“It’s incredible that a formerly landlocked state has been able to utilize barge shipping to this capacity,” said Bob Portiss, Port Director.

“It really shows the innovative spirit that Oklahomans possess. An inland port might sound implausible to some, but without this waterway, our state would not have the transportation advantages that it enjoys today,” said Portiss. “We also would not have the 8,000 direct jobs supported by waterway commerce in Oklahoma.

The shipping milestone was reached after a barge carrying 1,460 tons of steel coils was towed to the Port’s main dock. The steel originated in Severstal, Russia, crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the Port of New Orleans, and was then transloaded to a river barge. Finally, it arrived at the Port of Catoosa on June 9th, where it was then transferred to the Cargill Metals facility located within the Port.

Cargill ships large amounts of steel coils that are later sold, processed into plate, or custom cut for other regional businesses to use. Cargill also utilizes truck and rail for shipments, but uses the Port of Catoosa because of the amount of weight a barge can economically transport. A barge can handle up to 60 coils of steel. If a rail car is used, it can only handle four coils; a truck can carry just one.

On average, having access to waterway shipping lowers transportation costs to Oklahoma businesses by 15%.

Since 1971, the Port has shipped and received a variety of cargoes, including steel, grain, project cargo, fertilizer, and crude oil, shipped in more than 45,800 barges.

Now, 75 million tons later, the Tulsa Port of Catoosa continues to provide innovative shipping options to the 70 companies with their approximately 4,000 workers that call the Port their home, as well as numerous other offsite companies.

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.

About the Tulsa Port of Catoosa

The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is a singular combination of a multi-modal shipping complex and 2,500-acre industrial park resulting in an economic impact of $300 million to Oklahoma. The complex hosts 70 industries and employs nearly 4,000 Oklahomans. The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is managed and operated by the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority.


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Steel shipments boost Tulsa Port of Catoosa May shipping

By: Tulsa World

Large inbound shipments of steel boosted May barge traffic at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. The port brought in 187,445 tons of traffic in May, a 13 percent increase over the same month in 2013.

Steel shipments were the strongest for any month so far in 2014. The increase in steel came as fertilizer and agriculture shipments decreased, a normal trend for this time of year after spring planting seasons and before grain harvests start.Liquid cargo and dry bulk also enjoyed their highest loads of the year.The port has handled some 1.14 million tons of cargo through the first five months of the year, just behind last year’s pace of 1.2 million.
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Heavy Load: Waste Heat Recovery Units

Waste Heat Recovery Units
232,000 lbs each (three units, identical)
33 L x 30 W x 33.5 H

Built by Tulsa Heaters, Inc.Used on offshore rigs; Ordered by Chevron.
They will first go to South Korea to be connected to the rest of the rig, and then to offshore Angola for operation.


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