Tulsa Port of Catoosa Reports February 2017 Shipping Tonnage
Tulsa Port of Catoosa reports February 2017 shipping tonnage
Total barge tonnage for the Tulsa Port of Catoosa was 246,488 tons for February 2017. In addition to utilizing the Port of Catoosa, shipping partners like Viking Packing Specialist are creating new, innovative products and solutions—like fireproof bags for transportation of lithium batteries—to improve the shipping and packaging industries.
One of the companies located in the industrial park at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa is Viking Packing Specialist. Viking has been in business for nearly 40 years and continues to create new products that will make the shipping and packaging industry more efficient, and safer, for consumers. Although they focus on large format packaging, mostly for the oil, aviation and defense industries, the company has recently developed a safety product to control lithium battery fires for use in the aviation industry.
“We are very proud to partner with several major airlines around our AVSAX product,” said Viking Packing Specialist President David Weilert. “The concern around lithium batteries is significant, but this product dramatically reduces the impact these fires can have—especially at high altitudes, where even a small fire can be catastrophic.”
The AVSAX product is a bag kept in the cabin of the aircraft that requires human interaction to deploy. Once deployed, the caustic lithium battery is put inside the bag, containing and extinguishing any potential fire. Viking Packing Specialist has been working for about two years to bring this to the marketplace, and has put the AVSAX through 50 different test phases to create the right product.
“We were methodical and thorough when creating this solution-oriented product,” Weilert said. “It just speaks to our desire to be a partner with transportation entities to meet their needs—whether it is a safety issue, a cargo issue or something else.”
Specializing in manufacturing and distributing large shipping containers, export and domestic wooden crates and all types of hazardous materials packaging, Viking Packing Specialist came to the Port of Catoosa seven years ago.
“We are so pleased to be at The Port of Catoosa, and we are happy to contribute what we can to the growth of the entire area,” Weilert said. “The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is a unique and special asset to Northeastern Oklahoma—and the entire region. We are seeing growth because of our association with the Port, and I hope the Port is growing because of what we can offer. It’s definitely a win-win for us.”
Total shipping for the entire McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in February 2017 was 1,216,303. The Oklahoma section shipped 703, 002 tons with the Tulsa Port of Catoosa handling 35% of that total.
About the Tulsa Port of Catoosa
The Tulsa Port of Catoosa combines a multi-modal shipping complex and 2,000-acre industrial park, resulting in an annual economic impact of $300 million to Oklahoma. The complex hosts roughly 72 companies and employs nearly 3,200 Oklahomans.
Located at the head of navigation for the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System in Northeast Oklahoma, it is one of the largest, most inland river-ports in the United States. The Tulsa Port of Catoosa’s unique position allows companies to move millions of tons of bulk freight by barge each year, at a fraction of the cost and environmental impact of rail or truck. Just a few of the bulk freight industries utilizing the Tulsa Port of Catoosa include portions of fertilizer distributors, industrial gas suppliers, wheat growers and manufacturers of consumer goods.
The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is managed and operated by the City of Tulsa–Rogers County Port Authority and provides development services through Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa Facilities Authority.
To find out more about the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, visit www.tulsaport.com or follow the Port on Facebook or Twitter.