Tulsa Port Shipping Unchanged

Shipping levels for the four-month period ending April 30 were almost identical to the same time frame in 2008, quieting some speculation that the condition of the global economy would cause drastic reductions in business at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.
Cumulative inbound/outbound shipping from January to April, 2009 was 874,658 tons, compared with 876,096 tons for the same period last year (January – April, 2008).
While shipments of iron and steel continued to see lower numbers than usual, shipments of grain and other agricultural products continued to show strength and therefore helped the Port’s numbers considerably during the first part of this year.
“We are all pleased to see these volumes being shipped into and out of the Port at the levels we have during the past four months, especially in view of the fact that global markets have seen a substantial reduction since last year,” said Ed Fariss, chairman of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority.
Fariss believes the economy will begin to improve, and shipping levels for all products commonly shipped through the Port will eventually return to their pre-recession levels – including iron, steel, and project cargo.
The number of barges travelling into and out of the Port was also nearly the same for January to April, 2009 (523) as it was for the same time span in 2008 (540). Since one barge is equal to 60 semi-truck loads of material, the waterway at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa did the work of more than 31,000 long-haul trucks during the past four months. To put things in perspective, that is equal to a line of trucks stretching from Tulsa to St. Louis.
In another dramatic comparison between this year and 2008, shipping along the length of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System was actually one million tons higher during January-April, 2009 compared to January-April, 2008.
In addition, the Oklahoma segment of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System handled 400,000 more tons of freight in January-April, 2009 than it did for the same time period in 2008.
The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is the head of navigation for the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. The 445-mile long waterway links Oklahoma and the surrounding five-state area with ports on the 25,000 mile long U.S. inland waterway system, and foreign and domestic ports beyond by way of New Orleans.
The 2,500-acre Port 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 60 companies employing over 3,000 employees.

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