IT'S time for the Big Three Oh. But instead of mourning the loss of extended adolescence, the International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) will celebrate the future that lies ahead during its 30th anniversary at the 2010 Annual International Operating Conference and Trade Show in Houston, Texas, from May 24-26.

The celebration will include a gala reception on Tuesday, May 25, from 6-10 pm on the second level of the George R Brown Convention Center. Attendees will enjoy a variety of food and beverages, listen to great music, and catch up with old friends.

Oh, and prepare to laugh, and perhaps even cry. In the months leading up to the event, ILTA solicited stories and pictures, whether they were from the trade show floor, golf tournament, or other ILTA conference events. A sampling of these funny and sentimental stories — involving friendships that were formed or other special memories — and photos will be shared.

A highlight of the week will be the presentation of Safety Awards at the Tuesday networking breakfast. ILTA will recognize selected companies for their outstanding safety performance records in 2009. Winners are selected based on their total reportable incident records as reported to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and based on their responses to a questionnaire designed by ILTA's Safety Award Program Committee.

ILTA's trade show in the Convention Center's Exhibit Hall E offers virtually unlimited opportunities to learn about the products and services that terminals need to stay competitive. Attendees can evaluate the vendors and find the best solutions at the best price. More than 240 companies will exhibit this year.

Keynote luncheon

Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.) — the Commanding Officer of the USS Cole when it came under a suicide terrorist attack by al-Qaida in the port of Aden, Yemen — will be the keynote speaker on Tuesday, May 25, from 11:30 am-1:15 pm.

During his command, he and his crew distinguished themselves by saving the American war ship from sinking. Through preparation and leadership, Commander Lippold inspired his crew to act decisively in the ultimate crisis situation when terrorists attacked.

Using the theme, “Leadership and Accountability When It Matters,” he will discuss how the privilege and burden of leadership comes with an accountability that many aspire to emulate and anyone can rise up to and achieve. He will describe the events of the morning that the ship was attacked and detail the steps he took to ensure the safety of his crew.

During his presentation, Lippold will identify the key principles of integrity-based leadership and speak about what leadership skills are the most crucial in a time of crisis. He will also discuss how managers can establish ways to empower their team when facing unexpected challenges.

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The opening session features fire-protection expert David White, publisher of Industrial Fire World, who will discuss major storage-tank explosions and fires that have occurred in the past several years.

He will examine the causes that led to each accident and discuss the emergency response actions taken at each site, along with how current regulatory requirements and best practices in the United States might assist terminals in avoiding similar incidents.

After the opening session, conference attendees can choose among three one-hour breakout sessions that continue the theme of incident response. In the operations track, industrial firefighters will address emergency response issues and what terminals can do to prepare for and defend against a tank fire or explosion. In the business issues track, communications experts will offer practical guidance on how to handle the media in a crisis situation. In the EH&S track, an incident response firm will outline how terminals can address the operational challenges that occur when teams of regulators show up to investigate an incident.

Monday sessions

The first morning of the conference features:

  • One-hour breakout sessions from 10-11 am that continue the theme of incident response: “Working With the Emergency Responders,” Chauncey Naylor, Williams Fire and Hazard Control; “Effectively Handling the Media,” Terri Ammerman, The Ammerman Experience; and “Cooperating With the Regulators,” Neill Irvin, O'Brien's Response Management.

  • Three sessions from 11:05 am-12:05 pm: “The Buncefield Investigation Recommendations: Applying The Lessons Learned,” Frank Van Bekkum, Enraf; “Oil Market Trends and Their Impact on Terminals,” Andy Lipow, Lipow Oil Associates; and “Air Regulation Trends for Storage Tank Degassing, Cleaning and Refilling,” Blake Soyars, Sage Environmental.

  • Three sessions from 1:30-2:30 pm: “Tank Foundations and Bottoms: Perspectives on Engineering Design,” with moderator Alan Watson, AR Watson, and panel participants Wardlaw Witherspoon, IMTT; David Clark, Kinder Morgan; Hector Gonzalez, NuStar; and Alan Geis, Colonial Pipeline; “Environmental Due Diligence: Minimizing Risks and Protecting Your Company from Liability,” Gail Corrigan, Corrigan Consulting, Ragna Henrichs, Porter & Hedges, and Pete Buchler, Orion Marine Group; and “360-Degree Safety Leadership,” Britt Howard, Hess Corporation.

  • A session from 2:30-3:30 pm: “Reinforcing Hazard Recognition: A Layered Approach,” David Coble, Coble, Taylor & Jones Safety Associates.

  • Three sessions from 3:50-4:50 pm: “Selecting the Optimal Meter for your Terminal Application,” Joshua Rose, FMC Technologies; “Strategic Sourcing: Expand Your Buying Power,” Mike Burgett, NuStar Energy LP, and Bart Richards, The Claro Group; and “Terminal Security Regulation: New Issues, More Uncertainties,” Steve Roberts, Roberts Law Group.

Monday also includes a full-day track of sessions in Spanish. Beginning at 10 am, these presentations will focus on a variety of technical issues. This track will be an ideal opportunity for terminal owners and operators from Latin America to meet, network, and discuss operational challenges.

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Tuesday sessions

The second morning of the conference features:

  • One-hour breakout sessions from 9:20-10:20 am: “Marine Terminal Maintenance Best Practices,” John Chapman, Ocean and Coastal Consultants, and Jim Osman, IMTT; and “Retaining Key Employees: Creating A Self-Motivating Work Environment,” Thomas Hudgin, Wilmington Quality Associates.

  • A session from 9:20-11:25 am: “Air Emissions 2010 Update,” Rob Ferry, The TGB Partnership.

  • Two sessions from 10:25-11:25 am: “SPCC Amendments: Tank Integrity Testing Requirements,” Mark Howard, EPA; and “Effective Leadership in Today's Multi-Generational Workplace,” Thomas Hudgin, Wilmington Quality Associates.

Tuesday, the trade show opens at 1:30 pm and continues through 6 pm. It gets underway again Wednesday at 9 am through 2 pm.

Post-conference workshops

  • Tuesday, May 25, from 2-5 pm: “Air Emissions-Loading Operations,” Rob Ferry, The TGB Partnership. This workshop will focus on air issues pertaining directly to loading operations. Companies that are modifying loading racks as required for compliance with the new GD GACT rule will not want to miss this.

  • Wednesday, May 26, from 8 am-5 pm, and Thursday, May 27, from 8 am-2 pm: “Advanced Tanks-Air Emissions,” Rob Ferry, The TGB Partnership. This course provides a detailed look into air emissions issues relating to the design, construction, and inspection of aboveground storage tanks. It will address regulatory compliance, emissions calculations, and recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Time will be provided for workshop attendees to visit the ILTA trade show floor on Wednesday. Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days.

  • Wednesday, May 26, 8 am-5 pm: Facility Security Officer Training, Neill Irvin and Ric Walters, O'Brien's Response Management. This workshop is a comprehensive security training course that enables terminal owners and operators to fully comply with the Coast Guard Maritime Security training requirements in 33 CFR 105. The course will provide in-depth instruction on current regulations, security threats, access controls, and countermeasures relevant to maritime facilities. It is an ideal course for newly hired Facility Security Officers (FSO) and is an excellent review of security issues for all facility security personnel. Previously trained FSOs will benefit from attending to reinforce the information provided during prior training as well as learn about current security topics. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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ILTA Exhibitors

Booth# Company Name
344 24 Hr Safety LLC
720 AR Watson Inc
542 AC2 Inc
348 Advance Tank & Construction Co
755 Advanced Polymer Coatings
211 Allentech
849 Allesco
232 Allied Energy Corporation
816 Altus Energy Services
226 Amcorr Products and Services
317 American Heating Co Inc
345 American Tank & Vessel Inc
342 Ametek
455 Ansul Incorporated
143 Anton Paar
443 Apollo International Corp
941 Applus RTD
451 ARID Technologies Inc
453 ARTA
651 ATEC Steel Fab & Construction
903 AUMA Actuators Inc
311 Baker Tank Co/Altech
847 BakerCorp
905 BBB Tank Services Inc
553 Bekaert CEB Technologies
150 BIC Alliance
217 BIS TEPSCO INC
233 Blackmer
948 Boerger, LLC
900 Brand Energy & Infrastructure Svcs
321 Brodie International
405 Brown-Minneapolis Tank Co
251 Bullard Company
656 Burner Combustion Systems LLC
936 C&C Welding Inc
811 Caldwell Tanks
643 Cameron Valves & Measurement
919 CAPE Inc
701 Carbis Inc
909 CarboVac
102 Century Group Inc
856 Chemguard
741 Chemtec Energy Services Inc
601 Chicago Bridge & Iron Company
908 Clean Harbors Environmental Svcs
910 Conestoga-Rover & Associates Inc
328 Conservatek Industries Inc
412 Consolidated Inc
748 Control Systems International
124 Corrigan Consulting Inc
745 Corrosion Control Inc
229 Corrpro
507 Daniel Measurement & Control
326 Dearman Systems Inc
255 Dehumidification Technologies Inc
116 Delta Consultants
824 Denso North America
106 Determan Brownie Inc
915 DGI-Menard, Inc
519 Divicom USA
123 Dixon Valve & Coupling Company
722 DJA Inspection Services Inc
653 Don Miller & Associates, Inc.
252 Dresser Pressure Regulation Group
621 Ed Martin & Associates
301 Emco Wheaton USA Inc
507 Emerson Process Management
709 Enardo, an HMT Company
448 Entessa Inc
227 Envent Corporation
721 Envirocon Systems Inc
445 ESDC Engineering
823 Evergreen Industrial Services
752 FCC Environmental
751 Field Specialties (FSI)
625 Fisher Tank Company
109 Flexible Lifeline Systems
240 Fluxo Petroleum Services Ltd
537 FMC Technologies Inc
907 Fort Vale Engineering LTD
650 Franklin Valve LP
523 Gas Equipment Co Inc
501 Gauging Systems Inc
725 GE Analytical Instruments
820 GEM Mobile Treatment Services
440 Gencor Industries, Inc.
521 General Atomics Electronic Sys Inc
956 Global Therm
444 Green Access/Benko Products Inc
916 Greenberry Industrial
620 Groth Corporation
932 Groundwater & Environmental Svcs
234 Halcrow
135 Hammonds Technical Services
947 Hayward Baker
704 Heatec Inc
819 Hemco Industries Inc
934 Heritage Environmental Services
609 HMT Inc
417 Honeywell Enraf Americas Inc
736 Horiba Instruments Inc
717 Hose Master Inc.
951 InduMar Products Inc
953 Industrial Gas Technology Inc
920 Industrial Info Resources Inc
138 Industrial Maintenance Group Inc.
126 Industrial Surfacing Corp
757 Innospec Fuel Specialties
410 Insultherm Inc
605 Insultherm Inc
136 International Paint LLC
648 International Tank Service Inc
853 Jensen Mixers International
942 Jogler Inc
142 John M Ellsworth Co Inc
707 John Zink Company LLC
637 Jordan Technologies Inc
504 Kanon Loading Equipment
108 Kelley Construction Inc
922 Knighthawk Engineering
101 L & J Technologies
808 Lide Industries, Inc
343 Lightning Eliminators & Consultants Inc
731 Liquid Controls
508 Liquip International Pty Limited
552 Loikits Industrial Services Inc
420 Long Industries
917 Ludeca Inc
407 M & J Valve - An SPX Brand
857 M. L. Smith Jr Inc
803 Mascoat Products
549 Mass Technology Corporation
816 Matrix Inspection & Engineering Inc
437 Matrix Service Company
950 Mayes Coating Inc
436 Mesa Rubber Company
137 Metro Pumps and Systems Inc
724 MFE Enterprises Incorporated
104 Midwestern Services Inc
649 MISTRAS Services/Conam
357 Mix Brothers Tank Services Inc
738 MMC International Corporation
904 MMI Tank Inc
837 Mobley Industrial Services Inc
835 MTS Systems Corp Sensors Div
349 MultiTherm LLC
901 Net Safety Monitoring
550 Newson Gale Inc
148 Norit Americas Inc
657 Novaflex Industries
442 O'Briens Response Management Inc
912 OCV Control Valves
555 Odessa Pumps and Equipment
949 Oil, Gas & Petrochem/PennWell
841 Oil Mop LLC
206 Oilco Liquid Handling Systems
107 Omntec Mfg Inc
233 OPW Fluid Transfer Group
700 Orion Marine Group
833 Pala-Interstate LLC
100 Paratherm Corporation
924 Paso Robles Tank Inc
152 Pat Tank
120 PCA Engineering Inc
813 Pelican Worldwide
756 Petrochem Inspection Services Inc
732 Philadelphia Mixing Solutions
110 Phoenix Contact
350 Pigs Unlimited International Inc
250 PLS Construction Inc
844 Pneumercator Co Inc
256 Polystar Inc
356 Port Security Services Inc
401 Praxair Services Inc
157 Precision Filtration Products
151 Primary Steel LLC
913 Prime Engineering Inc
845 ProAct Services Corporation
517 Protectoseal Company The
825 Protego (USA) Inc
452 PURGIT
549 RAGWORM
450 Rawell Environmental Ltd
257 River
236 Rocky Mountain Fabrication
507 Rosemount Tank Gauging NA Inc
223 Rosen
416 Rotork Controls Inc
635 ST Hudson Engineers Inc
623 Saybolt LP
750 Schroeder Environ Cleaning Svcs
316 Scully Signal Company
141 SedCon Technologies Inc
940 SET Industrial Services Inc
906 SGS North America
952 Shanghai Aile Petroleum Equip Mfg
249 Siemens Industry Inc
145 Smith Tank & Steel Inc
133 Solidification Products Int'l Inc
146 Solutia Inc
341 Solution Foundry
244 SOS Rubber International Inc
801 Spade Corporation
911 StocExpo
122 Storage Terminal Magazine
946 Straight Line Insulation LP
243 Strobel Starostka Construction
154 STV Incorporated
730 Superior Industrial Maintenance Co
918 Tampa Tank Inc
727 Tank Builders Inc
817 Tankscan, a div of ATEK Products LLC
210 TCI Services Inc
457 TechCorr
322 Technip Offshore Inc
117 Telvent DTN
337 Temcor
228 TESCO/Symex Americas
245 TesTex Inc
807 Texon
821 Tnemec Company Inc
945 Total Control Systems
840 TriStar PetroServ Inc
118 Tulsa Engineering Alliance Inc
902 Turco Valve Supply Inc
222 Tyco Thermal Controls
134 UCI
631 Ultraflote Corporation
955 US Environmental Protection Agency
319 US Tank Protectors Inc
129 Vacono Aluminum Covers GmbH
500 Valve Concepts Inc
650 Valve Systems and Controls
201 Varec Inc
926 Veolia ES Industrial Services Inc
618 Volcanic Heater Inc
422 W L Walker Co Inc
242 W T Byler Co LP
826 WeamcoMetric
144 Western Valve
127 Wilks Enterprise Inc
351 Williams Fire & Hazard Control
806 Worldwide Oilfield Machine
557 XL Industrial Services Inc
805 XOS
616 Zerust Oil & Gas