ILTA Key Accomplishments

ILTA's 2017 Annual Report  includes a comprehensive report on the association's activities throughout the year, as well as demographics on ILTA's membership, industry statistics on worker safety and compensation, and a list of the association's 2017 terminal and supplier member companies.  Below are a few of ILTA's many accomplishments from 2017:


ILTA continued to protect industry interests and defend against unnecessary regulations and costly new mandates by:

  • Filing a joint regulatory petition asking the U.S. Coast Guard to modify its TWIC Reader Final Rule to align applicability provisions with those that were initially included in the agency's proposed rule.
  • Meeting with members of Congress to ensure appropriate oversight of the Coast Guard's implementation of the TWIC Reader Final Rule.
  • Joining industry partners in successfully lobbying Congress to delete provisions from the DHS reauthorization bill that would have removed important procedural steps for DHS to begin electronic tracking of hazardous materials shipments.  
  • Obtaining a letter of interpretation from OSHA on compliance issues impacting terminal facilities relating to OSHA's Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection Final Rule.
  • Submitting comments opposing PHMSA's Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that sought to limit the Reid Vapor Pressure of crude oil and Class 3 flammable liquids in transportation, resulting in the withdrawal of the agency's proposal.
  • Participating in the Waters Advocacy Coalition to support the President's Executive Order to reexamine the 2015 revised definition of "Waters of the United States" final rule and provide input on needed changes to senior-level EPA advisors.
  • Serving as the industry representative in matters of national security by participating on the Chemical Sector Coordinating Council, the Oil and Natural Gas Sector Coordinating Council and the Intelligence Community’s Classified Information Forum.        

Member Committees, Subcommittees and Working Groups

ILTA fully utilizes its members to identify operational best practices and support compliance with regulations and industry standards.  During 2017:

  • Members of the Environmental, Health, Safety and Security (EHS&S) Committee convened in New Orleans, LA, and Louisville, KY, to address environmental requirements and performance, health and safety issues, facility and cybersecurity, industrial hygiene and other matters relating to regulatory compliance.
  • ILTA's Operations Council met in New Orleans, LA, to discuss improved operational practices, audit protocols and rail demurrage, as well as examine industry metrics for measuring operational performance.
  • ILTA's Human Resources Exchange Group met in New Orleans, LA, to discuss leadership development practices, updates to the industry compensation and benefits survey, and labor law issues impacting terminal facilities.

Education and Training Programs

ILTA is committed to providing educational resources for terminal industry professionals. In 2017, ILTA:

  • Held training events in New Orleans, LA, Houston, TX, and Long Beach, CA that covered a variety of environmental topics, including continuous emissions monitoring systems as well as air emissions from aboveground storage tanks and transfer operations.
  • Brought its Second Annual Leadership Forum to Ft. Lauderdale, FL, to focus on leadership strategies for improving organizational performance and provide individual skills-building sessions for terminal company executives, directors and facility managers.
  • Developed overview documents to aid terminal facilities in identifying their compliance obligations following significant revisions to EPA's Risk Management Program and OSHA's Walking-Working Surfaces and Fall Protection requirements.
  • Translated ILTA Terminal Operation Series No. 18: Environmental Management Systems Guide into Spanish to serve as a resource for terminal operators in Latin America.  

Annual Conference and Trade Show

ILTA’s world-class conference and trade show continues to be the premier event for the liquid terminal industry. During 2017:

  • More than 4,500 individuals participated in the three-day event, including nearly 300 individuals from 40 countries.   
  • ILTA's 2017 sold-out trade show featured 335 exhibiting companies, including more than 30 first-time exhibitors.
  • More than 60 percent of the conference speakers were from ILTA member companies, representing a 50 percent increase in membership participation from the prior year.  Speaker presentations, including 10 that were offered in Spanish, covered a range of topics focused on marine terminal operations, asset maintenance, market views, personnel management, occupational safety, facility security, environmental compliance and industry standards.