Shipping back to pre-spring levels at Port of Catoosa
CATOOSA, Okla. — Shipping activity at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa rebounded sharply in August, returning to pre-spring levels, as 155,990 tons of cargo moved through the port on barge. The dramatic improvement was due to successful efforts by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reduce areas of shoaling resulting from the region’s heavy rains earlier in the year.
Outbound shipments of wheat and fertilizer accounted for the majority of the increased activity. But tonnage figures were higher for almost all commodities, both inbound and outbound.
“It’s good to see our shipping activity back to normal levels ,” said David Page, chairman of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority. “The Corps of Engineers has done an outstanding job of taking necessary and vital steps to not only control flooding on the system, but also to preserve our capability to ship cargo from the entire region via the port to locations around the world.”
Total shipping for the entire McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in August was 1,220,769 tons. Of that total, 540,143 tons were shipped through Oklahoma. The Port handled 13 percent of the cargo shipped on the navigation system last month, and 29% of the cargo that moved through Oklahoma.
Image courtesy of Port of Catoosa