Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tonage at Tulsa Port of Catoosa Declines from August

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Tonage at Tulsa Port of Catoosa Declines from August

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September shipping tonnage at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa declined from August because of shipping disruption caused by hurricane Katrina.

The damage to the Port of New Orleans, where most of the country's grain passes into international markets, has formed a bottleneck, said Jerry Goodwin, chairman of the City of Tulsa- Rogers County Port Authority.

As many as 50 million bushels of wheat, corn and soybeans, which are currently in their harvest season, are coming down the Mississippi River for overseas shipment. The delays in off-loading and damage to storage facilities is making it necessary to find alternative storage facilities to temporarily hold the grain and allow empty barges to again go north to be reloaded.

With much of the hard red winter wheat still stored in elevators in the area served by the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, and not being transferred to New Orleans facilities, local producers and elevators are seeking storage for fall crops such as soybeans and milo. …

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