Port of Catoosa Posts Near-Record Shipping Year in 2013

Feb 26, 2014

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The Port of Catoosa came very close to a record-setting year in 2013.

Last year, 1,494 barges moved 2,700,990 tons in and out of the port, 1,474 fewer tons than in 2012. But at today's State of the Port address, City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority Chair David Page said one barge usually carries 1,500 tons.

"Just one more, and we would have had a record year," Page said. "I think if we'd known that on Dec. 28, we'd have made sure that one more barge got through here."

Page said shipments of crude oil helped set the 2012 record.

"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," Page said.

The port authority is about to begin a project that would double capacity at its main dock.