Members of the International Liquid Terminal Association (ILTA) are prepared for the upcoming hurricane season “with drills, emergency preparedness plans and ongoing communications with government, emergency response and industry partners”.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center forecasts that this season will be more active than normal.
ILTA President Kathryn Clay said: “The industry takes hurricanes very seriously. Our priorities are protecting our workers, the environment, and our neighbors in our communities. At the same time, we work to ensure the best possible operations even when hurricanes disrupt other components of the supply chains.”
Because no two storms are the same, ILTA members routinely participate in exercises and training to prepare and respond to natural disasters. It is industry practice to prepare for a storm in stages at 96 hours, 72 hours and 48 hours prior to hurricane impact to ensure that terminals are safe and secured.
Post-storm checklists help assess potential damage, alert local, state and federal authorities of damage and resume operations—or help find service alternatives. ILTA members work with federal, state and local first responders and government officials to promote safety before and restore normal operations following a storm.
Clay added: “Many terminals are located along ocean waterways, both in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic Coast, where hurricanes are prevalent. Our members also work with our maritime partners to not only to secure marine terminal operations, but to ensure the safety of maritime workers.”
NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, on May 21 forecasted a 60 percent chance of a more active than normal Atlantic hurricane season in 2020, a 30 per cent chance of a near-normal season and only a 10 per cent chance of a below-normal season.
The centre predicted a likely range of 13 to 19 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of which six to 10 could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including three to six major hurricanes (Category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher).The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.
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