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Think Tank is the blog of the International Liquid Terminals Association that highlights the liquid terminal industry and its importance to the U.S. and world economy.

ILTA to Host March EHSS Meeting

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Following January’s successful iteration, ILTA will host its next Environment, Health & Safety and Security Committee Meeting March 29-April 1. The EHSS meetings serve as a platform for ILTA terminal members to share with and learn from their peers as well as hear from outside experts on matters of importance to the bulk liquid storage industry.  Over the four-day event, ILTA terminal members can engage with one another on some of the most pressing issues facing the sector under the new Biden administration and the ongoing pandemic.

ILTA Developing New Communications Toolkit to Help Members

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ILTA is hard at work on a new communications toolkit that it hopes to unveil to its membership in the coming months.  The toolkit, designed to help the industry share the good news about the terminal industry and its importance to the economy, will feature many materials, including an industry PowerPoint, social media graphics, infographics, fact sheets and videos.

ILTA Seeks to Develop International Partnerships

Inks agreement with Indian Ports Association

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In an effort to develop a more international presence and encourage global operational excellence, the International Liquid Terminals Association and the Indian Ports Association signed an agreement this week to “collaborate to share best practices on handling and management of liquid commodities to achieve the highest levels of operational excellence.” 

ILTA Publishes White Paper on VRUs

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An ILTA Working Group has completed work on a white paper describing a process hazard analysis of vapor recovery units and discussing mitigation options. ILTA opted to produce a white paper on this topic after it identified significant member interest following a Terminal Operating Practices Symposium (TOPS) presentation in September 2020. VRUs are used at petroleum loading facilities to control hydrocarbon emissions originating from all loading activities.

What Is a Terminal Automation System?

A guest blog from Dearman Systems Inc.

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Terminal automation software automates certain manual processes in a terminal, specifically around load authorization, product movement (via multiple transportation methods), product measurement, documentation, and reporting. The software is flexible and open to integration with other siloed systems and hardware, including meter skids, weight scales, tank gauging systems, and secure access control systems. These systems often bridge the gap between the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)  and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. 

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