Tulsa Port of Catoosa

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Tulsa Port of Catoosa
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Country United States
Location Rogers County, Oklahoma
Opened January 1971
Operated by City of Tulsa - Rogers County Port Authority
Type of harbor Multi-modal
Land area 2500 acres
Employees approx. 3,000 [1]
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Location of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa
Aerial photo of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa taken May 5, 2008 Aerial photo of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa taken May 5, 2008.jpg
Aerial photo of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa taken May 5, 2008

The Tulsa Port of Catoosa (TPOC) is near the city of Catoosa in Rogers County, just inside the municipal fenceline of Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States. Located at the head of navigation for the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, it handles shipping loads through its waterway access to the Arkansas River via the Verdigris River. TPOC offers year round, ice-free barge service with river flow levels controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. [2] It encompasses an area of 2,500 acres (10 km2) and employs over 4,000 people at over 70 companies in its industrial park. [3] The port ships manufactured goods and agricultural products from Oklahoma to the rest of the world. [4] Designated a foreign trade zone, it is a major economic engine for the region with over 2.7 million tons of cargo shipped through the Port in 2013 alone. [5]

Catoosa, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, United States

Catoosa is a city in Rogers and Wagoner counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 7,159 at the 2010 census compared to 5,449 at the 2000 census. This was a 31.2 percent increase during the decade.

Rogers County, Oklahoma County in the United States

Rogers County is a county located in the northeastern part of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. As of the 2010 census, the population was 86,905. Its county seat is Claremore, making it the sixth-largest county in Oklahoma based on population. Rogers County is included in the Tulsa, OK Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Oklahoma State of the United States of America

Oklahoma is a state in the South Central region of the United States, bordered by Kansas on the north, Missouri on the northeast, Arkansas on the east, Texas on the south, New Mexico on the west, and Colorado on the northwest. It is the 20th-most extensive and the 28th-most populous of the fifty United States. The state's name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning "red people". It is also known informally by its nickname, "The Sooner State", in reference to the non-Native settlers who staked their claims on land before the official opening date of lands in the western Oklahoma Territory or before the Indian Appropriations Act of 1889, which dramatically increased European-American settlement in the eastern Indian Territory. Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory were merged into the State of Oklahoma when it became the 46th state to enter the union on November 16, 1907. Its residents are known as Oklahomans, and its capital and largest city is Oklahoma City.



The notion of making Tulsa a port city on the MKARNS evolved during the early 1960s, as the Corps of Engineers was constructing the massive waterway. A delegation of 23 Tulsa business people travelled to Ohio to evaluate the impact of the effects of the Ohio River Valley navigation systems on regional business growth. They concluded that it would stimulate business in Oklahoma, and convinced other Tulsa business leaders to support the concept. The Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce appointed Early Cass to chair a committee, thereafter known as the City of Tulsa–Rogers County Port Authority. [6]

The port received its first commercial shipment in January 1971, [6] It was officially opened for business on February 20, 1970 and was formally dedicated by President Richard M. Nixon on June 5, 1971. [7] This port is the largest in Oklahoma. It is also one of the largest, most inland river-ports in the United States. [8] It is located 8 miles (13 km) from the Tulsa International Airport, and 15 miles (24 km) from downtown Tulsa. It is a fully equipped multi-modal transportation center served by both the BNSF Railroad and the South Kansas and Oklahoma Railroad. The port also provides rail switching services with three dedicated Port-owned switch engines.

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In 1971 (the first full year of operation), the port handled 86,654 tons of cargo. In 2013 (the most recently reported full year), it handled over 2.7 million tons. [9]

In addition to the many private terminals for grain, fertilizer, and break-bulk cargo located along the port channel, the port operates a 200-ton capacity overhead crane as well as a roll-on/roll-off dock. In 2016 the port added a new 720 foot dock accommodating a rail line and multiple cranes. [10]

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Low Water Wharf


The port has five public terminals that can transfer inbound and outbound bulk freight between barges, trucks and railroad cars.

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Change of Leadership

Robert W. Portiss, who has been director of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa since July 1, 1984, will retire on January 31, 2017. He will be replaced by David Yarborough, who was hired as Operations Manager in 2006, and promoted to Deputy Director in 2008. [15]

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