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A respected industry publication for ILTA members, this monthly newsletter highlights legislative and regulatory activities affecting terminal facilities. It also provides news on recent business development within the terminal industry, including new construction, expansions, acquisitions and additions to ILTA's membership, as well as important information about ILTA's committee meetings, conferences and training events. ILTA also offers ILTA News Plus to members. This publication, sent on weeks that ILTA News is not published, aggregates industry and member news.

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Member Feature: Jerry Jerdine, CPP, MBA

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Jerry Jerdine’s involvement in the liquid terminal industry began when he was hired at Ergon, Inc. as a Security Specialist shortly after the enactment of the 2002 Maritime Transportation Security Act to provide physical and program security support to the company’s refineries, petrochemical terminals, marine operations and trucking terminals. His role also included managing federal grants that were funded to support improving physical security infrastructure at maritime facilities and vessel operations. 

Jerdine’s journey with Ergon has led him to his current role as a Corporate EHSS Systems and Security Officer, where he finds enjoyment in a variety of aspects of his day-to-day responsibilities.

Nominate a Colleague for the ILTA Outstanding Young Professional Award!

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Attention all liquid terminal industry professionals! It's time to recognize and celebrate the next generation of leaders in our field. The International Liquid Terminals Association is seeking nominations for the Award for Outstanding Young Professional, to be presented at the May 2023 ILTA annual conference. 

To be eligible, nominees must be under the age of forty and employed by a member in good standing of ILTA, which could be a liquid terminal company or a supplier company. This award is an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements and potential of young professionals who are shaping the future of our industry. 

Together, let's celebrate the contributions of these outstanding early career professionals who are driving our industry forward.

Please email your nominations to

Nominate a Colleague for the ILTA Distinguished Service Award!

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Attention terminal industry professionals! We're calling on all members of the liquid terminal community to nominate deserving colleagues for the International Liquid Terminals Association Award for Distinguished Service to the Industry. 

Do you know someone who has made significant contributions to the industry, demonstrated leadership and innovation, and has a long-standing reputation for integrity and professionalism? Then we want to hear from you! 

The ILTA annual conference, taking place in Houston on May 22-23, 2023, is the perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate the achievements of those who have dedicated themselves to advancing our industry. Submit your nominations now and let's come together to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of those who make our industry great! 

Don't miss this chance to nominate someone who deserves recognition for their exceptional service to the liquid terminals industry.

Please email your nominations to

Hydrogen Storage at Liquid Terminals Provides Challenges, Opportunities for Industry

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On March 24th, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the final portion of their sixth assessment report which summarizes the impact, risk, and opportunities associated with addressing and mitigating climate change.  Following recommendations laid out in previous reports, this version also stressed the need for major economic investments and the implementation of new technologies to mitigate the impacts of climate change. One of the specific recommendations has been the adoption of low-emission hydrogen, which has wide-reaching applications for abating carbon use in sectors where electrification is either difficult or impractical, like shipping, transport, and heavy industry.  Accordingly, hydrogen demand is expected to grow as the energy transition continues. The International Energy Agency (IEA) projects that hydrogen demand will grow from 87 million metric tons (MT) in 2020 to 500-680 million MT in 2050, and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) projects that hydrogen will account for 12% of the global energy demand by 2050.  Industry has taken note of these changes and has responded by increasing development of infrastructure projects to generate, store, and transport hydrogen.

Member Feature: Traci L. Johnson, PE

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As Traci L. Johnson, PE was nearing the end of her freshman year at Tulane University in New Orleans where she was studying chemical engineering, she didn’t know how she was going to spend her summer, but she knew it involved getting a job.

“At a family gathering, I learned that an aunt worked at a company that ‘hired engineers,’” Johnson recalled. “Soon thereafter, I was hired as summer help at International-Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT) answering phones and filing papers in what used to be known as the Engineering and Environmental Department of the company—not exactly technical work, but it beat working as a cashier at the school bookstore!”

Thankfully, Johnson was eventually given the opportunity to do more technical work under the supervision of the Environmental Manager.

“At that point, I was hooked and never looked back.”