August Shipping at Port Up Nearly a Third Over July

Total shipping by barge at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa was 186,826 tons in August, an increase of more than 57,000 tons compared with the previous month.
Quantities of certain inbound agricultural products increased, resulting in about 5,000 more tons of inbound cargo than were brought in last month.
The largest increase, however, was seen in outbound traffic, which was almost double the July figures – nearly 111,000 tons compared with 58,000 in July. Liquid petroleum and fertilizer products made up much of the increase in outbound shipping, but levels were also substantially higher in the grain and general dry cargo categories.
“It is encouraging to see shipping levels improving over a broad range of commonly-transported materials through our Port,” said Ed Fariss, chairman of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority. “We certainly hope the numbers continue to improve as we move into the last quarter of this year.”
So far this year, 1.4 million tons of freight have travelled through the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. Hypothetically, if the Port were not in existence today, more than 64,000 tractor-trailers would have had to be used on America’s roads to deliver the same amount of cargo.
Shipping levels along the length of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System also improved in August compared to July – by nearly 186,000 tons. Of the 1.1 million tons of freight that were shipped on the Navigation System, 16 percent was handled at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. Oklahoma’s portion of the waterway handled 319,700 tons of that freight, and of that amount, 58 percent was shipped through the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.
The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is the head of navigation for the 445-mile McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

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