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Port Central – Spring 2015 newsletter now online

The Spring 2015 edition of our newsletter, Port Central, is now online:
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Commissioners endorse 2014 OneVoice agenda

By: Mark Friedel – Claremore Progress

Rogers County commissioners unanimously voted to endorse the 2014 OneVoice Legislative agenda during a regular meeting Monday. The endorsement was finalized after Tulsa Port of Catoosa Director Bob Portiss addressed commissioners about the list of priorities included in the agenda that are sponsored by the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

He said task forces met Aug. 28 at the Regional Legislative Summit to vote 20 of the most important legislative issues in the region, creating a comprehensive agenda built on the 10 items of highest priority. Twenty percent of the 20 items discussed directly related to the Port of Catoosa.“Our goal is to educate the public on the importance of our waterways and port,” said Portiss. “I am thrilled to see the results of the Aug. 28 meeting.”He said, according to the task force members, one of the most important items included the addition of the Gilcrease Expressway, linking the Tulsa Port of Catoosa with the Turner Turnpike.
The proposed portion of the Gilcrease Expressway could be funded through the reauthorization of the Federal Surface Transportation Funding Act, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), passed by Congress and signed into law in 2012. MAP-21 funds highways and transit investments through FY2014 at current funding levels plus inflation.“Volunteer, including myself, will head to Washington in April (2014) for federal support in these projects.
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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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