VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA and DOWNERS GROVE, ILLINOIS – Kelso Technologies Inc. reports that its universal loading rack adapter for the Kelso Klincher(R) manway (KKM) has been certified and approved for commercial operations by a major crude oil terminal in the Bakken shale oil formation in North Dakota.
The unique design of the adapter allows the loading of both eye-bolted manways and KKM fitted tank cars with minimal inconvenience or conversion time for the operator. The key is that the KKM is a one-bolt design that provides quicker sealing times at terminal as it has no multiple eye-bolts that require time-consuming tightening procedures.
This third party confirmation in the Bakken terminal verifies the value proposition and logistics suitability of the KKM for full scale adoption in crude oil operations in North America.
Kelso continues to develop and market its KKM as a “best available safety technology” design. The KKM offers exceptional operational safety and above average economic benefits. In addition it increases rollover survivability of a tank car in an accident event that could provide more secure containment of hazardous materials.
A major design risk with eye bolts is that they extend above the top of the manway making them vulnerable to being pried open by contact with the ground in a roll-over accident. The KKM is a unique proprietary one-bolt design with the bolt mounted horizontally below the top of the manway opening therefore the manway is unlikely to be pried open in a roll-over event.
With this significant safety feature Kelso expects the KKM to be adopted in much larger numbers over the upcoming years with influence coming from government regulators, first responder organizations and shippers of hazardous and non-hazardous materials.
James R. Bond, CEO of the Company comments that, “development of the KKM has been a long and laborious affair. We have persevered and focused our marketing initiatives and design ambitions on the improvement of human safety, operational effectiveness and the economic efficiencies of our KKM. We have achieved this goal by a considerable margin over our competitors. Many key stakeholders have followed the progress of our KKM very closely and acknowledge the value proposition offered by the KKM. We believe that with the loading terminal logistics conclusively addressed that much wider adoption of the KKM by hazardous and non-hazardous materials shippers is now achievable.”
About Kelso Technologies:
Kelso is a railway equipment supplier that designs, produces and sells proprietary tank car service equipment used in the safe handling and containment of hazardous materials during transport. Products are specifically designed to provide economic and operational advantages while reducing the potential effects of human error and environmental harm during the transport of hazardous materials. The Company is recognized as a reliable supplier of AAR approved railway equipment that addresses the regulatory concerns about railroad safety in North America.
For further information:
James R. Bond, CEO and President
Richard Lee, Chief Financial Officer
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