Little Rock Port Authority: 2018 total barge tonnage up 36% from previous year
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Nov. 14, 2018) – The Little Rock Port Authority (LRPA) experienced its best month of the year for rail activity as well as continued strength in barge activity. Barge tonnage is currently at 717,000 tons compared to 528,000 from the same time period in 2017.
Logistic Services Inc. (LSI) working 51 barges. So far this year, the Port has seen 469 barges, which is an increase of 120 from this time last year. LSI unloaded 78,000 tons of cargo bringing its annual tonnage to more than 717,000 tons, up from 528,000 tons year-to-date this time last year. During the month the docks handled a variety of commodities including aluminum ingots and tees, nepheline syenite, rock and sand, scrap, steel coils, urea, wetcake, and wire rod coils.
October turned out to be the busiest month the Port Railroad has seen this year. Hormel and Novus both posted good car counts for the month. NGL saw an increase in the demand for propane and had their best month with 29 inbound loads. LSI and Delta Plastics were also busy loading and unloading rail cars. There was an increase in miscellaneous switching for the month with 96 rail cars being moved from storage tracks and delivered to customers to be unloaded. Welspun shipped three unit trains on BNSF to the Keystone XL project in Fisher Gravel, Montana. Unit trains were also dispatched to three UP destinations.
“2018 is looking to be a banner year for the Port of Little Rock” said Bryan Day, executive director of the LRPA. Day continued, “the strength of the companies located within the Little Rock Port Authority is evident in the record level of commodities moving through the Port.”
About the Little Rock Port
Established in 1959, the Port of Little Rock drives economic development by providing a world-class transportation hub that connects Arkansas to the global economy. Under the leadership of the Little Rock Port Authority, the Port is a unique intermodal transportation center featuring a 2,640-acre industrial park, two full-service river terminals, its own switching railroad and a slackwater harbor on the 448-mile McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. The Port is designated as a U.S. Customs Point of Entry and Foreign Trade Zone 14.