Port of Little Rock
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The Port of Little Rock is governed by the Little Rock Port Authority, a five-member body appointed by the Little Rock City Board of Directors. Members serve for five years, and the Port Authority is authorized to perform functions that help develop and improve the harbors, ports, river rail, and barge terminals in the Port of Little Rock and the commerce that moves through them.

The intermodal river Port of Little Rock has a large industrial business complex. As Foreign Trade Zone 14, international corporations have established facilities near the port in the last few years. The Little Rock Port Terminal is the chief location for existing and future businesses. Its 1500-acre industrial park is one of the biggest in the State.

Located about 11 kilometers (seven miles) east of downtown, the Port of Little Rock borders Interstate 440 which connects to Interstates 30 and 40 and much of the transportation corridors of the US' southern region. The Port of Little Rock is less than 1.6 kilometers (one mile) from Little Rock's National Airport.

Located on the McKlellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, the Little Rock Port Terminal has capacity to handle bulk cargoes of 200 tons per hour (inbound) and 350 tons per hour (outbound). The industrial harbor is almost 1372 meters (4500 feet) long, 107 meters (350 feet) wide, and 4.6 meters (15 feet) deep. Logistics Services, Inc. leases the terminal and provides stevedoring services for bulk, steel, and general cargoes. Cargoes handled at the Port of Little Rock Terminal include forest products, bagged goods, steel coil and pipes, structured steel, and aluminum products. Bulk products handled include agricultural products (like rice), bauxite, fertilizer, cement, clay, and rock.

Part of the Port Terminal, the Port of Little Rock's Slackwater Harbor has an additional 58-meter (190-foot) dock and waterfront acreage. the Port Terminal also offers almost 12.5 thousand meters (134 thousand square feet) of indoor storage and some 15 acres of outside storage. Cargo lift capacity at the Port of Little Rock Terminal is 50 tons, and facilities include truck and rail scales, container/flat car lift capacity, and a roll-on/roll-off ramp. Services offered at this Port of Little Rock facility include packaging of chemicals and grain from rail, barge, or truck.

Served by the Burlington Northern and Union Pacific Railroads, the Little Rock Port Authority Railroad serves 40 important industries in the Port of Little Rock Industrial Park. With more than 19 kilometers (12 miles) of track on the main line, the Railroad switches about 5500 railcars each year. It services about 60% of the cargo that is handled through the Port Terminal.

The Little Rock Port Authority owns, and Logistic Services Inc. (as the Arkansas River Terminal Company) operates the Little Rock Port Authority Dock. The dock receives and ships general cargo and bulk materials. This Port of Little Rock dock also receives steel and paper products and fertilizer and ships grain and scrap metal. Located about 305 meters (one thousand feet) below the I-44 Bridge, the dock has two surface tracks and one platform-level track that serve the area rear of the transit shed, one surface track serving the open storage area, and two surface tracks serving the bulk transfer pit.

The Little Rock Port Authority Dock has open storage in the rear made up of two concrete-surface storage pads with a total area of over four-thousand square meters (45 thousand square feet), two acres of improved surfaced open area, and about 15 acres of unimproved open storage area. An 8-inch pipeline is available at this Port of Little Rock dock for the transfer of bulk liquids. There is also a second 1.8-thousand square meter (20-thousand square foot metal covered transit shed at the rear of this Port of Little Rock dock and a 6-thousand-ton capacity timber fertilizer storage warehouse at the rear of the dock. The Little Rock Port Authority Dock has berthing distance of 253 meters (830 feet) with alongside depth of 3 meters (10 feet) CRP.

About 152 meters (500 feet) from the I-440 Bridge, the Little Rock Port Authority Oil Pier is owned by the port authority and operated by Safety-Kleen Corporation and River Cement Company. The Oil Pier is used to receive fuel oil and bulk cement. The Safety-Kleen Corporation has three pipelines at the Port of Little Rock Oil Pier that connect the wharf to five steel storage tanks at the terminal with total capacity for 198 thousand barrels. The River Cement Company has two pneumatic pipelines that connect the wharf to two cement storage tanks with total capacity for 3.4 thousand tons. The Port of Little Rock Oil Pier has berthing distance of 68.6 meters (225 feet) with alongside depth of meters 3.7 (12 feet) CRP.

The Arkansas Riverboat Company owns and operates their own dock between the Port of Little Rock's Main Street and Broadway bridges. Used for the river excursion vessel Spirit, the dock has a riverfront park at the rear. The excursion vessel dock in the Port of Little Rock has berthing distance of 24.4 meters (80 feet) with alongside depth of 3 meters (10 feet) CRP.

The Brainard Partnership owns the North Little Rock Port Dock located on the left bank of the Arkansas River below the lower Union Pacific Railroad Bridge. Operated by a variety of lessees, this Port of Little Rock dock receives and ships bulk materials, aggregates, and steel products and serves for mooring barges for fleeting. The Oakley Barge Line maintains a fleeting area with capacity for eight barges at the shore moorings below the wharf. This Port of Little Rock dock has berthing distance of 107 meters (350 feet) with alongside depth of 3 meters (10 feet) CRP.

Located on the left bank of the River almost 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) below the lower Union Pacific Railroad bridge in the Port of Little Rock, the Bruce Oakley Cargo Dock at the North Little Rock Terminal receives general cargo, steel, and bulk materials. This Port of Little Rock dock is owned and operated by Bruce Oakley Inc. One surface track serves the rear terminal and connects with the Union Pacific Railroad. The Oakley Cargo Dock in the Port of Little Rock has berthing distance of 59.4 meters (195 feet) with alongside depth of 3 meters (10 feet) CRP.

The Oakley North Little Rock Terminal Lower Dock, also owned and operated by Bruce Oakley, Inc. receives fertilizer and ships grains. Located next to the Oakley Cargo Dock, this Port of Little Rock dock has one surface track that serves the rear warehouse and connects with the Union Pacific Railroad. The grain elevator at the rear of the dock has three steel storage tanks with total capacity for 800 thousand bushels. The Oakley Cargo Dock in the Port of Little Rock has berthing distance of 122 meters (400 feet) with alongside depth of 2.7 meters (9 feet) CRP.

The Oakley Upper Fertilizer Dock at the North Little Rock Terminal receives dry bulk fertilizers. Owned and operated by Bruce Oakley Inc., the Upper Fertilizer Dock at the Port of Little Rock has one surface track that serves the rear warehouse and connects with the Union Pacific Railroad. The storage building at the rear of the dock can accommodate 26 thousand tons of bulk cargo. This Port of Little Rock dock has berthing distance of 59.4 meters (195 feet) with alongside depth of 2.7 meters (9 feet) CRP.

Farmland Industries owns and operates their North Little Rock Dock to receive dry bulk and liquid fertilizer. Located on the left bank of the River about 3.2 kilometers (two miles) below the lower Union Pacific Railroad Bridge, the dock has a concrete-and-timber fertilizer storage building at the rear that has capacity for 18.5 thousand tons. Farmland Industries also trucks material to their processing plant about 1.6 kilometers (one mile) north of the wharf. This Port of Little Rock dock has berthing distance of 59.4 meters (195 feet) with alongside depth of 4.6 meters (15 feet) CRP.

Jeffrey Sand Company, Inc. owns and operates the Lincoln Avenue Lower Dock which is located about 1.6 kilometers (one mile) below the lower Union Pacific Railroad bridge in the Port of Little Rock. Receiving sand, gravel, and other bulk materials, this Port of Little Rock dock has open storage at the rear of the dock with capacity for about 100 thousand tons of material. This Port of Little Rock dock has berthing distance of 108.2 meters (355 feet) with alongside depth of 2.4 meters (8 feet) CRP.

Jeffrey Sand Company's Lincoln Avenue Upper Dock is also used to receive sand, gravel, and other bulk materials. This Port of Little Rock dock is co-located with the Lower Dock described above and shares the same open storage area. This Port of Little Rock dock has berthing distance of 36.6 meters (120 feet) with alongside depth of 2.4 meters (8 feet) CRP.

A subsidiary of Apex Oil Company, the Petroleum Fuel and Terminal Company owns and operates its North Little Rock Division Dock to receive caustic soda. Located on the left bank of the River in the Port of Little Rock, it is about 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles) below the lower Union Pacific Railroad bridge. This Port of Little Rock dock is connected by three 8-inch pipelines to separate storage tanks. The caustic soda tank has capacity for just over 1 million gallons. The fuel oil tank has capacity for 68 thousand barrels, and the liquid fertilizer tank has capacity for 10.4 thousand tons. This Port of Little Rock dock has berthing distance of 59.4 meters (195 feet) with alongside depth of 4.3 meters (14 feet) CRP.

The Arkansas Valley Dredging Company Dock in the Port of Little Rock is used to moor company-owned equipment for maintenance and repair. Located on the left bank about 2.1 kilometers (1.3 miles) above the I-440 Bridge, the dock has a 260-ton floating dry dock located in the slip. The dredging contractors' storage and maintenance yard is located at the rear of the dock. This Port of Little Rock dock has berthing distance of 59.4 meters (195 feet) with alongside depth of meters 2.7 (9 feet) CRP.

Although it is not in use currently, System Fuels Inc. owns the Entergy, Cecil Lynch Plant Oil Dock in the Port of Little Rock. Located on the left bank about 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) above the I-440 Bridge, the dock is connected by pipeline to six steel storage tanks at the power plant at the rear of the dock. The tanks have total capacity for 490 thousand barrels. This Port of Little Rock dock has berthing distance of 122 meters (400 feet) with alongside depth of 3.4 meters (11 feet) CRP.

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