Depending on the weight per cubic foot of cargo, barges on the McClellan-Kerr can carry approximately 1,500 tons of it or about 15 times as much as a rail car and 60 times as much as a truck. To move one ton of freight one mile by barge costs .97, by rail $2.53, and by semi-trailer truck $5.35.
Typically bulk, break bulk and liquid cargos move from origin to destination by more than one mode of transportation. Bulk and break bulk cargos move by some combination of barge, rail and truck. Liquid cargos may add pipeline to their combination of transportation modes.
The transportation cost savings attributable to barge transportation are greatest when origins and destinations of the cargo are nearest to the ports along the inland waterway system. For this reason, more and more transportation sensitive companies are locating their facilities along the waterways.
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Source: Arkansas-Oklahoma Port Operators Association
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The Port of Muskogee is located at River Navigation Mile 393.8 R in Muskogee, Oklahoma.