Tulsa Port of Catoosa reports March 2017 shipping tonnage Total shipping for the entire McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in March 2017 was 1,154,429. Twenty one percent of that was shipped through the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. The continual, steady growth seen at the Port of Catoosa can be tied to partners like Tuloma Stevedoring, Inc., the company that operates the general dry cargo dock at the Port.

During the month of March 2017, 244,311 tons of cargo shipped in and out of the Tulsa Port of Catoosa. A portion of that number comes from steel being shipped to the Port. The steel is shipped in 25-ton rolls or coils and is used in manufacturing, which is vital to the economy in the Tulsa area. The large heavy products being shipped into the Port require specific types of equipment and skills to load and unload to and from barges. This important task is handled by Tuloma Stevedoring, Inc. Tuloma operates the general dry cargo dock at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, focusing on steel handling, but also frequently handling heavy lift items and project cargo.

“Our goal is to expeditiously enhance transportation throughout the entire navigation system,” said Terry McDonald, Tuloma Stevedoring Owner and CEO. “Tuloma has been handing lifts since 1971, and we’re proud of the experience we have that helps us handle projects for those transporting cargo, steel and other large items through the Port.”

Tuloma Stevedoring loads and unloads from barges, trucks and railcars, utilizing a well-positioned gantry crane, a mobile crane and large forklifts. The company also operates a spur track directly under the gantry crane, with additional spurs on and off the dock for easy loading and unloading.

“While our specialty is steel products like coils, wire rods, steel plates, rebar, ingots and bars, we also handle unitized and palletized cargo and manufactured equipment,” McDonald said. “In fact, with a director of operations and dock superintendent with a combined 70 years of experience, we are able to help our clients handle all forms of project cargo.”

Total shipping for the entire McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in March 2017 was 1,154,429. Twenty one percent of that total was shipped through the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.