Inland Port Sees Gains; Acquires Land

In separate announcements the Tulsa Port of Catoosa and the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority reported a strong shipping season and a decision to add 525 acres to its existing 2,000-acre industrial park.

The Port Authority authorized spending $2.5 million to acquire the 525 acres adjacent to its industrial park from Tulsa Industrial Development Limited Partnership of Philadelphia. The land was partially developed in the early 1970s to provide waterfront terminal sites as art of the Tulsa Transport Terminal.

Steve Kissee, chairman of the port’s board, said, “The port is quickly exhausting its supply of industrial sites and must look for new opportunities to grow and develop.” Pointing to congestion at West Coast ports, Kissee said with those ports facing cargo gridlock, the inland waterway system will be used more extensively. The acquisition, he noted, would help the port prepare by providing, in part, an area for intermodal transportation.

Separately, the port reported inbound November 2006 steel shipments were about even with October. Dry fertilizer and molasses increased.

Outbound shipments of wheat, soy and gypsum increased, but liquid fertilizer had a normal seasonal decline.

Most of the port’s volume is in bulk commodities, but it also handles project cargo that is too large or heavy to move long distances by truck or train.

In total, the port saw 205,000 tons of cargo in 127 barges during the month of November, up from 176,000 tons in 99 barges in October. The prior November saw volumes reach 138,000 tons in 84 barges.

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