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Port Traffic Down

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The sign at the entrance at the Port of Catoosa

Total barge tonnage through the Port in January was 112,594 tons, slightly lower than the December total of 147,723 tons. 

Excessive rains at the end of 2015 are still to blame for some of the reduced activity. 

"The backlog of freight movement was immense, and we are still dealing with the ripple effects logistically," said Jay Boucher, Manager of Gavilon Grain at the Port. 

Inbound shipments of dry fertilizer were lower during the month. Outbound shipments of wheat were lower than in the previous month as other transportation modes picked up the slack caused by the waterway slowdown. 

Outbound shipments of soybeans and soy products were also slightly lower than during December. 
"Despite the lower numbers to start the year, we are bullish on increased Port activity throughout the remainder of the year, especially when the main dock fully re-opens in early spring," said Chip McElroy, Chairman of the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority. 

"The benefits to be obtained through our increased ability to handle cargo because of the renovation of the main dock will be substantial for not only this year, but for the next several decades -- especially with regard to our increased ability to handle both break bulk and project cargo," McElroy said.