ITCA reunites in Texas

Nov. 11, 2020
Intermodal industry leaders return to Houston TX area for golf, networking, but annual Bulk Liquid Symposium lost to COVID-19

Intermodal Tank Container Association (ITCA) members and sponsors once again gathered in Kemah TX for social networking, but the annual Intermodal Bulk Liquid Symposium was another COVID-19 casualty.

ITCA was established as a networking event for the intermodal bulk liquid industry. The conference held in the Houston TX area typically highlights news and trends within the intermodal industry, and business leaders from all over the world come together to collaborate with key executives representing shippers, ports, rails, truckers, depots, cleaning facilities, leasing companies, tank operators, surveying companies, ocean carriers and freight forwarders from various industry facets.

This year, with no speakers or educational opportunities, approximately 100 attendees settled for a smaller golf outing and outdoor industry reunion.

The association in past years welcomed more than 300 people for the symposium, but Frieda Lolley, ITCA president, said a 2020 edition wasn’t possible without industry sponsorship.

This year’s ITCA events, held amid unprecedented times, included social distancing, masks, limited gathering sizes and frequent hand sanitization. Despite the restrictions, everyone came together for safe, enjoyable and informative networking as the association dealt with coronavirus restrictions while still coordinating an industry event for its members.

“A special thank you goes out to committee members Ron Beeson, Steve Benet, Elizabeth Dubcak and Jared Brokaw for their help in making this year’s events safe and successful,” Lolley said.

Here are links to previous stories on topics discussed during the last two symposiums:

Sideways on the Highway-Emergency response protocols

Transportation safety-Chemical shipping protocols

Requirements for identifying portable tanks

ISO tank container management, emergency response

The Intermodal Bulk Liquid Symposium, annually held the first week of November, is expected to return for 2021.

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