The Netherlands continues to play a vital role in the petrochemical industry and aims to keep this position for the future.
This was reiterated at the 28th annual Opslagtanks conference in Rotterdam, organised by the International Institute for Research (IIR). Key themes included energy transition and safety and which three words were the areas the industry needs to focus on: communication, trust and together.
Arjen Littooij of Veiligheidsregio Rotterdam-Rijnmond launched the conference by stating how important it is that businesses in the region learn from each other. A great example is the ‘just culture’ concept in aviation, whereby the industry learns from each others’ mistakes. Accidents or near-accidents need to be discussed in an open and trusted environment so that everyone can learn from it. Littooij said this programme would be great for the petrochemical industry as the safety culture needs to be transparent.
Margit Blok, from VTTI and Betty Zaaijer from Vopak then discuss...