LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 19, 2017) – June saw a return to strong activity at the Port of Little Rock. Logistic Services Inc. (LSI), the Port’s stevedore, handled 42 barges with over 64,000 net tons of cargo during the month. The main dock was busier as LSI worked 25 barges with over 37,000 net tons. The slackwater harbor dock handled 27,000 tons from 17 barges.
Bulk commodities including nepheline syenite, potash, rock, sand, urea and wetcake accounted for 59% of the handled tonnage as break-bulk commodities including aluminum ingots and tee bars, steel coils, and wire rod coils.
Through the first five months of the year LSI has worked 230 barges with over 307,000 net tons of cargo loaded or unloaded on the docks. Total tonnage on the MKARNS for the month of June was 1,049,332 tons.
“Barge activity on the Arkansas River remains steady and offers affordable transportation alternatives to local industry.” said Bryan Day, Executive Director of the Little Rock Port Authority. “As America begins to reshore industries from around the globe, the inland river system will provide a safe efficient way to move cargo. The Port of Little Rock is ready to embrace these opportunities and grow jobs for the community,” continued Day.
About the Little Rock Port
The Port of Little Rock was established in 1959 by state-enabling legislation. The City of Little Rock Board of Directors and citizens then approved a bond issue to buy the original land for the Port’s industrial park.
Adjacent to I-440, connecting to I-30 and I-40, the Little Rock Port Authority is a unique intermodal transportation center featuring a 2,640-acre industrial park, two full-service river terminals, its own switching railroad and the Slackwater Harbor on the 448-mile McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, which runs from the Mississippi River northwest to 15 miles east of Tulsa. The Port is designated as a U.S. Customs Point of Entry and Foreign Trade Zone 14.