The Little Rock Port Authority and its stevedore, Logistics Services Inc. (LSI), announced April 17 that together, they worked 52 barges and handled just under 79,000 net tons across the port’s docks in March.
This was up significantly from the same period last year when 27 barges with 41,000 tons were worked. Through the first three months of 2019, the docks have seen a year-to-year increase of 58 barges—138 in 2019 versus 80 in 2018—a 72.5% increase in activity, while the 209,000 year-to-date tons handled is up 70 % year-to-year with more than 86,000 additional tons handled.
Commodities handled during March included aluminum ingots, DAP, nepheline syenite, potash, rock and sand, scrap, steel coils, wetcake and wire rod coils. The port said that its docks remain busy with significant work scheduled.
“Port activity remains strong as we start our 60th year,” said Bryan Day, executive director of the port. “We can expect to see continued growth in operations on both river and rail operations.”