Outside forces hurt port

Age and Mother Nature apparently have more of an adverse impact on shipments at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa than the economy.
Shipments through the port during September were at the lowest since July 2007, when a long rainy spell caused high water levels and high flow rates that impeded traffic along the 445-mile Arkansas Waterway.
It was also the lowest September since 1995 when high, fast water combined with a poor grain harvest caused a downturn on movements at the port.
Ed Fariss, chairman of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority, attributed this September’s downturn to repairs at the two waterway locks and dams closest to the port.
At a cost of about $1.5 million each it was termed the most extensive work done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Newt Graham and Choteau Locks and Dams in 17 years.
During September only 48 barges carrying 76,055 tons of cargo of which 28 barges and 41,658 tons were inbound cargo and 20 barges with 34,397 tons were outbound moved through the port.
By comparison, 186,826 tons and 105 barges moved through the port during August and 154,413 tons on 90 barges were seen the previous September.
In July 2007 the port handled 44,285 tons of cargo and in September 1995 it was 48,528 tons.
For the nine-month period traffic at the port totaled 1.5 million tons on 875 barges while the total was 1.6 million tons on 974 barges for the comparable period of 2008.

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