Oklahoma Exports Are Feeding The World (Port of Catoosa and Port 33)


Uploaded by OklahomaHorizonTV on 07.09.2012

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ROB MCCLENDON: WHILE LOCATED NEAR THE GEOGRAPHIC CENTER OF THE
UNITED STATES, TULSA'S PORT OF CATOOSA PROVIDES INTERNATIONAL ACCESS TO A
VARIETY OF MANUFACTURERS.
FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR, CARGO TONAGE OUT OF THE PORT ROSE BY CLOSE TO
FORTY PERCENT, WITH MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED NEW JOBS BEING ADDED.
IT IS AN ECONOMIC ENGINE FOR OUR STATE, YET ONE FEW OF US NOTICE, BECAUSE BY
DESIGN THE PORT OF CATOOSA'S BUSINESS MODEL JUST KEEPS ON ROLLING DOWN
THE RIVER.
JUST A FEW MILES NORTHEAST OF TULSA OKLAHOMA, NEAR THE CITY OF CATOOSA, THE
NATION'S MOST INLAND INTERNATIONAL SEAPORT AWAITS AN EARLY MORNING
ARRIVAL.
THIS IS THE TULSA PORT OF CATOOSA, AN UNLIKELY SETTING FOR AN
INTERNATIONAL WATER PORT WHERE MORE THAN TWO MILLION TONS OF CARGO ARE
TRANSPORTED BY BARGE EACH YEAR TO PORTS THROUGHOUT THE NATION AND AROUND THE
WORLD.
YEAR AROUND, THE PORT SHIPS OUTBOUND GYPSUM, LAVA ROCK, WHEAT,
SOYBEANS, LIQUID FERTILIZER, REFINED PETROLEUM PRODUCTS, AND
FABRICATED EQUIPMENT SO LARGE IT CAN ONLY BE TRANSPORTED BY WATER.
DRY FERTILIZER, AND TODAY'S ARRIVAL OF COMMODITY STEEL AND PIPE,
ARE REGULAR INBOUND SHIPMENTS.
FOR THE CAPTAIN AND CREW ABOARD THIS TOW, LIFE ON THE RIVER OFFERS THE PACE
AND UNIQUE GRACE OF A MARK TWAIN NOVEL WHERE TIME IS MEASURED IN DAYS INSTEAD
OF HOURS.
AND THE JOURNEY'S END AT THE TULSA PORT OF CATOOSA MARKS THE START OF A NEW
JOURNEY TO YET A DIFFERENT PORT.
WE'LL BE OFFLOADING IT AT A STEEL DOCK WHICH WILL THEN BE LOADING IT ONTO
RAIL CARS TO BE DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.
SOME TEN OR SO DAYS AGO, THIS PAYLOAD, FIFTEEN HUNDRED TONS OF STEEL
STOWED INTO THIS HOPPER BARGE ORIGINATED ON THE OHIO RIVER NEAR
CINCINNATI.
FROM THERE IT WAS PUSHED BY TOW BOAT WITH OTHER BARGES MORE THAN FIVE
HUNDRED MILES DOWN THE OHIO RIVER, THREE HUNDRED AND FIFTY MILES DOWN THE
MISSISSIPPI, THEN NORTHBOUND ON THE WHITE AND THE ARKANSAS AND THE
VERDIGRIS RIVERS INTO THE TULSA PORT.
WHILE TRANSPORTING THIS CARGO BY TRUCK OR RAIL MIGHT HAVE BEEN FASTER, A
SINGLE RIVER BARGE CAN TRANSPORT AS MUCH CARGO AS SIXTY SEMI TRUCKS OR
FIFTEEN JUMBO HOPPER RAIL CARS, MAKING THE WATER A DRAMATICALLY MORE
EFFICIENT MODE OF TRANSPORTATION.
THE TULSA PORT OF CATOOSA IS SITUATED AT THE HEAD OF NAVIGATION FOR THE
MCCLELLAN-KERR ARKANSAS RIVER NAVIGATION SYSTEM, A 445 MILE STRETCH OF LIQUID
HIGHWAY THAT UNFURLS AT THE CONFLUENCE OF THE WHITE AND THE MISSISSIPPI
RIVERS IN SOUTHEASTERN ARKANSAS.
FROM THERE, THE WATERWAY PROCEEDS UPSTREAM ON THE ARKANSAS RIVER TO
MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA, WHERE IT JOINS WITH THE VERDIGRIS RIVER, A
TRIBUTARY OF THE ARKANSAS.
THE MCCLELLAN-KERR ARKANSAS RIVER NAVIGATION SYSTEM IS A SERIES OF
RESEVOIRS ALSO KNOWN AS NAVIGATION POOLS.
THESE POOLS ARE CONTROLLED BY 18 LOCKS AND DAMS THAT ENSURE ADEQUATE AND STABLE
WATER FLOW FROM CATOOSA TO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER.
THE LOCKS CREATE A STAIRWAY OF WATER ENABLING BARGES TO STEP UP AND DOWN
THE RIVER.
MORE THAN 20 YEARS IN CONSTRUCTION AND AT A COST OF ONE-POINT-TWO BILLION
DOLLARS, THE MCCLELLAN-KERR ARKANSAS RIVER NAVIGATION SYSTEM IS
A SILENT OFTEN UNNOTICED TESTAMENT TO THE VISIONARIES WHO BELIEVED
THE UNPREDICTABLE ARKANSAS RIVER COULD NOT ONLY BE TAMED BUT ECONOMICALLY
HARNESSED.
FEW AGREED, EVEN HUMORIST, WILL ROGERS, QUIPPED THAT THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE THE
ARKANSAS RIVER NAVIGABLE WOULD BE TO PAVE IT.
FOR DECADES THE ARKANSAS RIVER HAD PROVED ITSELF TO BE A POWER WITH WHICH TO
BE RECKONED.
BETWEEN YAWNING SPELLS OF DROUGHT, FLOODS OF EPIC PROPORTIONS SWEPT AWAY
HOMES, PROPERTY AND LIVES IN OKLAHOMA AND ARKANSAS.
AFTER THE GREAT FLOOD OF 1943, THE TIME HAD COME FOR CHANGE.
SENATORS JOHN MCCLELLAN OF ARKANSAS AND ROBERT KERR OF OKLAHOMA LED THE CHARGE
TO PERSUADE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT THAT TURNING THE ARKANSAS RIVER INTO A
MARINE HIGHWAY WOULD ENHANCE AMERICA'S ECONOMY AND STRENGTHEN THEIR
INLAND WATER TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.
TRANFORMING THE ARKANSAS RIVER INTO A VIABLE RESOURCE SEEMED A
HERCULEAN TASK, BUT SENATORS MCCLELLAN AND KERR WERE UNDETERRED IN
THEIR BELIEFS THAT THE ARKANSAS COULD BE TRANSFORMED TO SUPPORT
BARGE TRANSPORTATION, GENERATE HYDRO-ELECTRIC POWER, REDUCE FLOODING,
PROVIDE MUNICIPAL WATER SUPPLIES, AND ENHANCE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION,
FISHING AND RECREATION.
IN 1971 AS THE FIRST BARGE ARRIVED AT THE TULSA PORT OF CATOOSA, THE ONCE
FANCIFUL NOTIONS OF TWO HEADSTRONG SENATORS WERE VINDICATED, AN
INCORRIGIBLE RIVER WAS CONTROLLED, AND THE ONCE LAND-LOCKED STATE OF
OKLAHOMA OFFICIALLY OFFERED RELIABLE MARINE PASSAGE TO THE WORLD.
WE THINK FOR INSTANCE OF THE TWO WAYS SAVINGS WATER TRANSPORTATION IS ALREADY
BEGINNING TO BRING THE FARM INDUSTRY IN THIS REGION.
LOWER SHIPPING COSTS COMING IN, MEAN THAT THE FARMER PAYS LESS FOR HIS
FERTILIZER AND MACHINERY AND OTHER SUPPLIES, AND LOWER SHIPPING COSTS GOING
OUT MEAN THAT THE FARMER CAN POCKET MORE OF THE MARKET PRICE OF HIS CROPS
AND LIVESTOCK.
THAT WAY, FARM INCOME IS BOOSTED TWICE, AND THE BENEFITS EXTEND ACROSS
AMERICA AND AROUND THE WORLD TO EVERYONE WHO DEPENDS ON THE BEEF AND
THE WHEAT.
TODAY, THE EBB AND FLOW OF COMMERCE AT THE PORT OF CATOOSA IS NO LONGER
LIMITED TO THE RIVER WATERS.
THE PORT OF CATOOSA ALSO HOSTS A 2800 ACRE AND GROWING INDUSTRIAL PARK
OFFERING MULTI MODAL SHIPPING BY WATERWAY, TRUCK AND TWO CLASS-ONE
RAILROADS.
THE PORT PERFORMS ITS OWN SWITCHING SERVICES AND OPERATES LOCOMOTIVES WITH
15 MILES OF TRACK.
WITHIN THE PORT'S INDUSTRIAL PARK, NUMEROUS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSES
SHIP AND RECEIVE GOODS AND MATERIALS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, GENERATING MILLIONS
OF DOLLARS IN ANNUAL ECONOMIC REVENUE.
THE PORT OF CATOOSA'S INDUSTRIAL PARK IS AN ATTRACTIVE SETTING FOR
GLOBAL BUSINESSES WHOSE OPERATIONS DEPEND ON THE PORT'S STRATEGIC WATERWAYS
AND ACCESS TO ADDITIONAL MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION.
THE PORT'S INDUSTRIAL PARK OFFERS MANY OTHER ADVANTAGES FOR BUSINESSES
AS WELL INCLUDING HANDLING SERVICES AND AMPLE STORAGE FOR DRY CARGO, LIQUID BULK
TERMINALS FOR FERTILIZER, AND FULLY DEVELOPED INDUSTRIAL SITES FOR
MANUFACTURING.
LESS THAN TWO MINUTES AWAY, THE PORT OFFERS A CONVENIENT RETAIL CENTER
WHERE RESTAURANTS, BANKING AND MEDICAL SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO THE
SURROUNDING COMMUNITY AND THOSE WHO WORK INSIDE THE INDUSTRIAL PARK.
THE ARRIVAL OF TODAY'S CARGO CREATES A NEW HUB OF ACTIVITY ON SHORE AS THE
PORT'S TWO HUNDRED TON OVERHEAD CRANE SWINGS INTO ACTION; THE ECONOMIC
ENGINE OF THE INDUSTRIAL PARK QUICKLY REVS TO LIFE.
IN A PRECISE BALLET OF MAN AND MACHINE, ROLLS OF STEEL ARE HOISTED FROM
BARGES AND TRANSPORTED TO ONE OF SEVERAL STEEL SERVICE CENTERS WHERE THE
COILS ARE UNROLLED AND CUT TO LENGTH OR SLITTED TO PRECISE DIMENSIONS.
THE STEEL WILL THEN BE SHIPPED TO MANUFACTURERS, CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES AND
SALES FACILITIES AT THE PORT'S INDUSTRIAL PARK OR OTHER LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT
THE MIDDLE AND WESTERN UNITED STATES.
THE PRODUCTS MANUFACTURED USING THIS STEEL OFTEN COME BACK TO THE PORT IN
THE FORM OF HUGE PROCESSING EQUIPMENT TO BE SHIPPED BY BARGE TO PORTS
OF THE WORLD THUS COMPLETING AN ECONOMIC CIRCLE.
THE TULSA PORT OF CATOOSA IS A VIBRANT SYMBOL OF OKLAHOMA ACHIEVEMENT, FROM
ITS IMPACT ON THE STATE'S ECONOMY, TO ITS VITAL ROLE IN INLAND MARINE
TRANSPORTATION, THE PORT OF CATOOSA STANDS AS A QUIET REMINDER OF AMERICAN
INGENUITY AND BOLD PERSEVERANCE.
TO ENSURE THAT OUR YOUTH, OUR NATION'S FUTURE LEADERS, RECOGNIZE THE
IMPORTANCE AND ADVANTAGE OF LOW-COST, ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY
WATER TRANSPORTATION, THE PORT ALSO HOSTS A MUSEUM, AN EDUCATION CENTER, WHERE
THE PORT'S FIRST TOW-BOAT IS PERMANENTLY DRY-DOCKED FOR PUBLIC VIEWING NOW AS
AMERICA'S FOCUS CENTERS MORE AND MORE ON THE HEALTH AND FUTURE OF OUR
ENVIRONMENT, MARINE TRANSPORTATION REMAINS THE SAFEST, CLEANEST AND MOST
FUEL EFFICIENT METHOD OF SERVICE TRANSPORTATION.
THE DAWN OF ANOTHER DAY AWAKENS TULSA'S PORT OF CATOOSA IN A SLOW,
ROMANTIC RHYTHM, AND BRINGS WITH IT BOTH THE END AND BEGINNING OF
ANOTHER RIVER JOURNEY.
ROB: WELL ACCESS FROM AMERICA'S LARGEST CITIES IS ALSO A BIG ADVANTAGE
FOR NOT JUST THE PORT OF CATOSSA, BUT NEIGHBORING PORT 33, AND THE PORT OF
MUSKOGEE.
THAT IS WHY STATE AND LOCAL LEADERS CELEBRATED THE OPENING OF A NEW
ONE-POINT-FOUR MILE STRETCH OF ROAD THAT BETTER CONNECTS PORT 33 TO
HIGHWAY 412 NOW COST OF THE PROJECT CAME IN CLOSE TO EIGHT MILLION DOLLARS,
BUT OFFICIALS SAY IT WAS A GOOD INVESTMENT INCREASING THE STATE'S EXPORTS.
NOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PORT 33 OR THE PORT OF MUSKOGEE,
WE HAVE STORIES ON BOTH OF THEM STREAMING ON OUR WEBSITE, JUST HEAD TO OK
HORIZON DOT COM AND CLICK ON THIS WEEK'S VALUE ADDED.