The International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) held its 32nd Annual International Operating Conference and Trade Show on 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 U.S. 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 Corporation received the large terminal company award, and Motiva Enterprises ‘ NJ 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 are: Asphalt Operating Services LLC; Buckeye Terminals, LLC; Enterprise Products Partners, L.P.; Flint Hills Resources; Hess Corporation; Marathon Petroleum Company LP; Murphy Oil Corporation; NuStar Energy, L.P.; Petro-Diamond Terminal Co. Inc.; Sunoco Logistics Partners, L.P.; and U.S. 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 ILTA’s annual safety survey each year since inception of the program in 2003. The companies are: Colonial Terminals, Inc., Hess Corporation, Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company, Intercontinental Terminals Company, International-Matex Tank Terminals, LBC Houston, L.P. and Odfjell Terminals (Houston) Inc.
During the event, ILTA launched a new mobile application that allowed attendees to select their favorite sessions and build a personalized schedule. It also contained the complete list of trade show exhibitors and a map of the trade show floor.
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 in Houston, TX.