First mile

NORTH AMERICA Local tank truck operators are branching out into new areas of the supply chain to meet expanding demands as shippers investigate new ways of moving material

Truck driver filling up his truck

Second string

RAIL If tank trucks are doing the donkey work at the wellhead, there is still surging demand for tank cars to help move new North American crude streams to refineries

Oil trains lined up Washinton coastline. Photo by Paul K Anderson.

Crude boys

RAIL North American rail tank-related companies continue to navigate a market increasingly dominated by the transport of crude oil

The North American rail transport of hazardous material – always an unsteady arena – is growing ever more precarious

Shale train

Repair and refit

TANK CARS Ramping shale oil production in the US is putting pressure on tank car manufacturers to deliver new units. But repairing existing tanks is also an issue. Greenbrier is responding

GBRX oil rail tank car

Where the action is

PREVIEW Tank Storage Asia, which takes place this coming September 24 to 25 at the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, will be the strongest yet event under this banner, with more than 20 leading figures lined up to discuss the region’s critical issues

Singapore's impressive Marina Bay Sands hotel where Tank Storage Asia will be held

Back to business

As a globe-trotting industry journalist, one spends a lot of time talking to executives all around the world

A day in the shale play

PREVIEW Shale resource exploitation is already having a massive impact on the world energy sector but there is every chance that it will do the same for the petrochemicals industry, changing trade patterns in the process. A one-day seminar to be held alongside the upcoming chemical tanker conference will expand on that promise

Leslie McCune at the GPCA conference

Away from it all

Conference report RIPA and IPANA have hit upon a successful meeting formula that brings leaders of the two groups together each year in a relaxing and collegial atmosphere. Paul Rankin* reports from California

RIPA Conference 2013 raffle time
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