Tulsa Port of Catoosa Reports February Shipping
CATOOSA, OKLA. – March 20, 2014 – Outbound shipping from the Port dipped slightly compared to January as fewer barges of soy products left the facility, leading to lower tonnage totals in February.
Total inbound/outbound waterborne cargo was 222,367 tons.
“An increase in exports of soybeans from South America pulled demand away from the U.S. resulting in less demand for barge shipments from the Port,” said John Goetting, Manager of Gavilon Grain at the Port.
Goetting said the forecast is for lower numbers for outbound soybeans in March also.
However, for the Port to reach two million tons in a calendar year, an average of 167,000 tons is needed. At 222,367 tons in February, along with 297,359 tons in January, the Port is well above average for the year.
“Along with seasonal variations for the types an quantities of cargo that are typically shipped through the Port, there are also fluctuations based on price. Demand will change based on all of those factors,” said David Page, Chairman of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority. “This happens quite regularly. Regardless, we are still looking at a positive forecast for waterway shipping activities this year at the Port.”
Total shipping for the entire MKARNS system in February was 970,051 tons. Of that total, 516,010 tons shipped through Oklahoma. The Tulsa Port of Catoosa handled a quarter of the cargo shipped on the MKARNS. Forty-three percent of the cargo shipped through Oklahoma was handled by the Port.
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. Together they are home to more than 70 industrial facilities employing nearly 4,000 employees.