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Activity at the Port of Little Rock fell last month, a reflection of the coronavirus pandemic's impact on some of the port's major customers, according to its top executive.

The port's stevedore, Logistic Services Inc., worked 34 barges and handled 53,000 tons of cargo in March. In the same month in 2019, LSI worked 52 barges and handled 79,000 tons.

"Logisitics Services Inc. has been able to continue operations as well, though some of the major port customers' business has been affected" by the pandemic, said port executive director Bryan Day.

Through the first three months of 2020, LSI worked 103 barges and handled 156,000 tons of cargo, which is 35 barges and 53,000 tons of cargo below the same period last year, according to port data.

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Cargo carried on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, of which the Little Rock port is a part, totaled 2,489,028 tons in the first three months of the year, 10 percent below the tonnage carried in the same period in 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.

"While the port does not expect to see the same tonnage and barge activity that has been seen over the past few years, we remain optimistic about operations," Day said in his monthly newsletter.

Business on 04/18/2020

Print Headline: LR Port activity falls amid pandemic

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