Port of Muskogee

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Port of Muskogee
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CountryUnited States
LocationMuskogee County, Oklahoma
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OpenedDecember 31, 1970
Owned byMuskogee City-County Port Authority
Website
http://www.muskogeeport.com

The Port of Muskogee is a regional port, located on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in Muskogee County, Oklahoma, in the United States. It is a multi-modal local hub for the transport of goods via trucks, railroad, and barges on the Arkansas River. It is one of the farthest inland, ice-free year-round, United States ports that can access the Gulf of Mexico. It is located near the confluence of the Arkansas River, Grand River and Verdigris River in Oklahoma, [lower-alpha 1] at River Mile 393.8 of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, [2]

Port maritime commercial facility

A port is a maritime commercial facility which may comprise one or more wharves where ships may dock to load and discharge passengers and cargo. Although usually situated on a sea coast or estuary, some ports, such as Hamburg, Manchester and Duluth, are many miles inland, with access from the sea via river or canal.

Muskogee County, Oklahoma County in the United States

Muskogee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the population was 70,990. The county seat is Muskogee. The county and city were named for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The official spelling of the name was changed to Muskogee by the post office in 1900.

Multimodal transport is the transportation of goods under a single contract, but performed with at least two different modes of transport; the carrier is liable for the entire carriage, even though it is performed by several different modes of transport. The carrier does not have to possess all the means of transport, and in practice usually does not; the carriage is often performed by sub-carriers. The carrier responsible for the entire carriage is referred to as a multimodal transport operator, or MTO.

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Port traffic

In 2011, the port served 550 barges carrying over 835,000 short tons (757,000 t) of cargo. [lower-alpha 2] The largest inbound commodities were nepheline syenite, clay, steel, fertilizer, coke and sand. [3] Other inbound cargoes brought to the Port of Muskogee by barge in 2011 included molasses, rebar, iron ore, feed products, cookie meal, asphalt, glass cullet, and granite fines. In 2011, cargoes leaving the Port of Muskogee by barge included coke, fly ash, and steel. [3]

Nepheline syenite holocrystalline plutonic rock

Nepheline syenite is a holocrystalline plutonic rock that consists largely of nepheline and alkali feldspar. The rocks are mostly pale colored, grey or pink, and in general appearance they are not unlike granites, but dark green varieties are also known. Phonolite is the fine-grained extrusive equivalent.

Rebar steel bar or mesh used within concrete

Rebar, known when massed as reinforcing steel or reinforcement steel, is a steel bar or mesh of steel wires used as a tension device in reinforced concrete and reinforced masonry structures to strengthen and aid the concrete under tension. Concrete is strong under compression, but has weak tensile strength. Rebar significantly increases the tensile strength of the structure. Rebar's surface is often deformed to promote a better bond with the concrete.

The port reported that in 2014, it had handled 3,564 railcars carrying 309,841 short tons (281,083 t) of cargo [4] and 459 barges carrying 688,802 short tons (624,871 t). [5] For 2015, it reported serving 2,210 railcars hauling 205,154 short tons (186,113 t) of cargo [4] and 452 barges with totalling 688,802 short tons (624,871 t) cargo . [5]

Muskogee City-County Port Authority

The governments of Muskogee County and the City of Muskogee, Oklahoma cooperated in the formation of the Muskogee City-County Port Authority, whose principal responsibility is to promote the construction of the inland port's facilities and to recruit cargo-handling, warehousing, and transportation industries to use them. One of its earliest achievements was to break ground for the $2.5 million Muskogee Industrial Park. The port opened for business on December 31, 1970, and the first commercial barge docked there on January 3, 1971. [1]

Facilities

The port includes a concrete wharf that is 350 feet (110 m) long and twenty mooring dolphins that line another 3,000 feet (910 m) of the waterfront. [3]

Dolphin (structure) man-made marine structure

A dolphin is a man-made marine structure that extends above the water level and is not connected to shore.

Notes

  1. This confluence was historically named Three Rivers, and the area around it is still known by that name. [1]
  2. Each standard barge has a capacity of 1,500 short tons (1,400 t), equivalent to the capacity of 15 railroad cars or 60 trucks. [3]

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