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Tulsa Port of Catoosa Reports December and 2013 Culumative Shipping

CATOOSA, OKLA. – January 23, 2014 – Shipping at the Port was once again strong in December, 233,390 tons, fueled by a substantial increase in outgoing soy products, and bringing total cargo tonnage figures for the year very close to the record seen in 2012.

In 2013, total inbound/outbound shipping was 2,700,990 tons – one barge load short of the record 2012 total of 2,702,464 tons.One barge can hold up to 1,500 tons on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS) where it is a very common sight to see up to twelve barges tethered together, pushed by one towboat. A total of 1,494 such barges passed through the Port in 2013. One more might have equaled a record year for the Port.In 2012, the record tonnage was achieved primarily because of a new cargo — crude oil. In 2013, far less of that commodity shipped through the Port. Instead, it was a strong year for the Port’s historic mainstays: Commonly-shipped goods such as agricultural products, steel, and project cargo.

2013, then, gets second place for total waterborne tonnage moved through the Port — the second best year of all time.

“We’re delighted to see that even without huge shipments of crude, it didn’t matter,” said David Page, Chairman of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority. “We still had an amazing year at the Port, and it shows that waterway transportation is growing. It is being utilized more and for a wider range of cargoes.”

For 2013, 12,139,815 tons of cargo shipped on the MKARNS system, with half of that shipping through Oklahoma. Twenty-two percent of the total annual MKARNS cargo was handled by the Port. Of the cargo that shipped through Oklahoma, the Port handled 44%.

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 66 companies employing nearly 4,000 employees.

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Port enters into working alliance with Kansas Logistics Park

The City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority and the Kansas Logistics Park Development Authority, Inc., of Newton, Kansas signed a Partnership Agreement on Tuesday, July 19th.

The document states that both entities “believe it is in their best and mutual interest for the establishment of a working alliance which will enhance cooperation and foster the generation of new business for their mutual benefit through the promotion and further development of trade connections and transportation links between the Port of Catoosa and the Kansas Logistics Park.”The agreement includes joint marketing programs, data exchange, sharing market studies, and other activities designed to enhance transportation opportunities for both entities.Ed Fariss, Chairman of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority, said the new arrangement would be good for both regions, helping to make logistics easier and lowering shipping costs.”In our competitive world of international trade, transportation costs play a major part in the challenge of winning market share in international commerce,” said Fariss. “By partnering regionally, we will meet these challenges for our regional manufacturers.”

A delegation from Kansas visited the Port for the ceremonies.

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Port Director Receives Medal from Army Corps of Engineers

Port Director Bob Portiss received an honor from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the 2009 McClellan-Kerr Navigation Conference in Muskogee, Oklahoma on August 28, 2009. Portiss was awarded the prestigious de Fleury Medal by the Corps.