The International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) held its
32nd Annual International Operating Conference and Trade Show
from May 21
23, in Houston, Texas.
Close to 3,500 people attended the event, which included more
than 30 conference presentations, two evening networking
receptions, four training workshops, a day-and-a-half trade
show, and a golf tournament. The number of exhibiting companies
was 310, the most in the history of the annual event.
We know that companies have to carefully select which
trade shows they will attend, said ILTA President David
Doane. The record number of exhibitors this year
demonstrates that ILTA remains the terminal industry''s premier
event and is the place to be.
More than 650 people attended the conference, which focused on
a variety of operational and business topics, along with
environmental, health, safety and security issues.
The opening session featured Robert Bryce, an energy expert and
journalist. He spoke about the US oil and gas boom and the
outlook for terminals. Eleven presentations were included in
the Spanish track.
The conference concluded with the keynote luncheon. Technology Futurist Dan Burrus gave
a thought-provoking presentation on how technology is continually changing
the rules of competition, rendering many traditional business
strategies and processes obsolete.
A total of 14 terminal companies were recognized during the
safety awards breakfast. Two companies demonstrating exemplary
safety cultures were awarded the 2012 Platinum Safety Award.
Citgo Petroleum received the large terminal company award, and
Motiva Enterprises New Jersey complex received the small
terminal company award.
The 2012 Safety Excellence Award was presented to 11 terminal
companies that achieved a safety record of less than one injury
per 100 workers in 2011. The companies were: Asphalt Operating
Services LLC, Buckeye Terminals LLC, Enterprise Products
Partners LP, Flint Hills Resources, Hess Corp., Marathon
Petroleum Co., Murphy Oil Corp., NuStar Energy LP,
Petro-Diamond Terminal Co. Inc., Sunoco Logistics Partners LP
and US Venture Inc.
In addition, TransMontaigne Product Services Inc. received a
Safety Improvement Award for demonstrating significant
improvement in its safety record over the past four years.
During the awards ceremony, seven terminal companies received
special recognition for participating in ILTAs annual
safety survey each year since inception of the program in 2003.
The companies were: Colonial Terminals Inc., Hess Corp.,
Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Co., Intercontinental Terminals Co.,
International-Matex Tank Terminals, LBC Houston LP and Odfjell
Terminals (Houston) Inc.
The 33rd Annual ILTA International Operating Conference and
Trade Show is scheduled for June 3
5, 2013, at the Hilton Americas
Houston and the George R. Brown Convention Center