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ILTA’s Terminal Operating Practices Symposium (TOPS) is virtual on Teams! This transition allows us to reach a broader audience and enhance mutual learning opportunities. By eliminating the cost of attendance, we're making it even more accessible for all terminal members to join in!

TOPS is a unique educational series that offers terminal operators a platform to share their experiences and learn from each other. It's a space to discuss effective operating practices and lessons learned from various incidents. Our presenters, fellow terminal operator employees, will share their experiences handling natural disasters, environmental releases, malfunctions, worker injuries and illnesses, near misses/hits, and other abnormal operating events at their facilities.

We will split the agenda across two days to accommodate everyone's schedule. The first event was held on December 5th, 2023. The second event will be held on June 4, 2024, with presentations from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. EST.


  • John Bowen, MIPC, LLC
  • Mitchell Garner, LBC Tank Terminals
  • Mike Younce, Buckeye Partners, L.P.

If you want to attend this terminal members-only event, please get in touch with Christopher Meilink at