Tulsa Port of Catoosa officials report record year for cargo
BY Staff and Wire reports
Friday, January 18, 2013
1/18/13 at 4:53 AM
The Tulsa Port of Catoosa finished its best shipping year in history with a lackluster December that saw cargo traffic fall 43 percent from a year ago.
But port officials still hailed December's 147,536 tons of cargo as a strong month, especially considering there were more than two weeks of shutdowns on the waterway because of maintenance downstream and continuing problems with low water on the Mississippi River.
The port finished the year with more than 2.7 million tons of cargo entering and leaving, far surpassing the previous record of 2.4 million tons set in 1998.
"It's an astonishing achievement that the port was able to still handle record amounts of cargo, despite well-known issues that persisted on this navigation system and others around the country throughout most of the year because of dry climate conditions and many problems this drought has caused," said David Page, chairman of the city of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority.