Port Shipping Up 12 Percent in February

Shipping totals at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa were up 12 percent in February, due mainly to normal seasonal variations in the sales and distribution of agricultural products.
Total inbound/outbound shipping in February was 153,057 tons, an increase of 18,560 tons compared with January.
Much of the increase was in inbound shipments of dry bulk fertilizer and outbound shipments of grain. Fertilizer shipments tend to be higher this time of year as the agricultural sector prepares for spring planting. Shipments of wheat were approximately 12,000 tons higher in February than in January because of delivery obligations for certain futures contracts. Barges of refined petroleum, asphalt, and liquid fertilizers leaving the Port helped raise numbers in the liquid bulk product category.
“Our numbers are positive because of the seasonal nature for shipping certain agricultural products,” said Ed Fariss, chairman of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority. However, Fariss noted, the Port continues to see lower quantities of shipping of other products in 2009, such as steel and pipe.
“We hope to see our barge shipping numbers increase in the near future for all the industries that regularly ship into and out of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa,” Fariss said. “Certainly construction projects precipitated by the government’s stimulus spending should result in more shipments of iron and steel through the Port.”
The number of barges entering the Port in February was 67, nearly equal to the number that entered in January. Outbound barges were slightly higher in number, 89, compared with January’s total of 77.
The total number of barges entering and leaving the Port in February was 156, which is equivalent to 9,360 truck loads.
Of the more than 1.1 million tons of freight shipped on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in January, the Tulsa Port of Catoosa handled 22 percent of that total, as well as 56 percent of the 453,000 tons of freight that passed through Oklahoma’s portion of the waterway during the month.

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