Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Shipping Tonnage Rises at Tulsa Port of Catoosa

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Shipping Tonnage Rises at Tulsa Port of Catoosa

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Shipping tonnage at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa increased in July from June as a result of the arrival of outbound hard red winter wheat from Oklahoma and Kansas.

Much of this was transferred to barges destined for New Orleans and on to foreign markets, said Jerry Goodwin, chairman, City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority.

The number of barges of inbound dry fertilizer for next year's wheat crop also moved upward significantly due to seasonal demand.

Having inbound and outbound commodity shipments increase at the same time is beneficial because it prevents having to return barges empty, keeping costs down.

Last year, approximately 40 percent of all shipments through the Port were inbound and 60 percent outbound, said Goodwin.

July also showed an increase in inbound refined petroleum products, but decreases in inbound oats and asphalt, he said. Outbound liquid fertilizer was also down for the month, while steel and pipe remained the same.

A total of 196,000 tons of cargo in 121 barges passed over the Port's docks this July, compared with 206,000 tons in 115 barges in July 2002 and 106,000 tons in 66 barges in June. …

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