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February 27, 2014

Another strong year at Port of Catoosa

CATOOSA —

The Tulsa Port of Catoosa marked another banner year in 2013 — its second best ever.
At the annual State of the Port address Wednesday, David Page, chairman of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority, said total inbound and outbound shipping was 2,700,990 tons — just one barge-load short of the previous year’s all-time record total of 2,702,464 tons.
“In 2012, which was a huge growth year for us, the record tonnage was achieved primarily because of a new cargo category which was crude oil,” Page said, “and while less of that commodity shipped through the Port in 2013, it was still a remarkably strong year for the Port’s historic mainstays, which are agricultural products, steel and project cargo. It shows that waterway transportation is growing. It is being utilized more and for a wider range of cargos.”
The 2.7 million tons of cargo shipped through the Port in 2013 represents approximately $1.35 billion in commerce, according to Page. 
While shipping totals did not break a record, employment did. Over 4,000 people now work within the more than 70 industrial facilities located at the Port.
Indeed, 2013 was a strong year for both new businesses at the Port as well as the expansion of existing industries.  
“Because of these new and growing businesses at the Port and our shortage of fully-developed industrial sites, we’ve been in the process of clearing an additional 45-acre tract for new industrial locations,” Page said. “Several prospective companies have expressed an interest in setting up or expanding operations on this recently-developed tract of land.” 
The Port was recently awarded a $6.4 million matching grant through the 2012 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.
The grant funds will cover approximately half of the costs of a rehabilitation project for the Port’s main dock.
When completed, the project will double the Port’s main dock capacity, allowing simultaneous handling of multiple barges, as well as improving their capabilities to handle non-conventional cargo types.

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