Shipping Slips at Tulsa Port
Tonnage figures at the Port dipped slightly in September as lock and dam repairs interfered with normal shipping operations for the first several days of the month, and normal cyclical downtowns in agricultural products continued.
Total water-borne cargo shipping for the month was 183,476 tons delivered in 98 barges, compared to 192,136 tons the previous month.
Chouteau Lock and Dam 17 in Oklahoma was reopened to barge traffic on September 6 (five days earlier than scheduled) after repairs were completed to replace its pintle ball mechanism, essential for the operation of the lock gates.
Notable cargo moves through the Port in September included an inbound delivery of nearly 16,000 tons of yellow corn - the largest such shipment so far this year. The corn, primarily used for animal feed, was brought to the Port from Arkansas, an area of the country that saw a better corn harvest this year than Oklahoma.
There were project cargo moves also during the month. Port tenant Carbonyx, Inc. shipped 103 tons of steel production machinery to Gary, Indiana from the Port's main wharf on September 27th.