Port Reports July Shipping
CATOOSA, OKLA. – August 20, 2015 – Despite the temporary problems for commerce that the McClellan-Kerr waterway has experienced this year due to record setting rainfall events, the silver lining has always been its contribution to flood prevention — one of the major goals of the multi-purpose network of lakes and dams built and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. That same network also permits low cost cargo transportation.
Ed Johnson, Public Affairs Chief, USACE Tulsa District, said that while estimates are still being tabulated, preliminary figures show that nearly $1 billion in property damage has been prevented because of the waterway and related reservoir infrastructure that the Corps maintains.
“In the past two years, in this region, we’ve seen the worst of droughts and the worst of heavy rains,” Johnson said.
But things could have been worse, he said, if the Corps had not been able to perform a controlled release of nearly 8 trillion gallons of water over the past two months. That amount of water is equivalent to the total usage by the entire population of the USA in eleven days.
The volume and duration of flows on the waterway affected cargo shipments on the McClellan-Kerr waterway throughout the month of July because of shoaling — dirt and sand deposited by the rapidly flowing water.
Nevertheless, tonnage figures increased at the Port. Total inbound/outbound barge shipping was 68,514 tons.
“Cargo traffic will eventually return to normal levels,” said David Page, Chairman of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority. “And we will be ready. We are proud of the work done by the Corps of Engineers.”
Total shipping for the entire McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in July was 679,634 tons. Of that total, 378,400 tons were shipped through Oklahoma. The Port handled 10% of the cargo shipped on the navigation system last month, and 18% of the cargo that moved through Oklahoma.
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Posted by: Jeff Yowell