Terminal Safety

  • We partnered with terminals in our supply chain as part of ongoing efforts to continually improve Responsible Care performance and share best practices.

    Our Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI) terminal inspection program, a core part of terminal safety, relies on partnerships with terminals to take our Responsible Care efforts even further. In 2018, we worked closely with Methanex global terminals on a variety of activities to find solutions that will close safety gaps and optimize the effectiveness of safety measures. Some highlights included:

    customized mobile ladder

    A customized mobile ladder, designed for one of our North American terminals, helps prevent falls during cargo loading.

    • Nine terminals in the Asia Pacific region joined our safety/Responsible Care recognition program, demonstrating increased engagement with safety cultures. As part of this program, we gave out 10 Responsible Care Awards. (See highlight below about two ideas that earned recognition.)
    • We supported four European terminals in implementing improvement actions and engaged another four terminals to complete the Methanex Terminal Pre-screening Assessments (TPSAs). The assessments are aimed at identifying opportunities to improve safety practices.
    • In Latin America, as part of our Terminal Best Practice Exchange Program, two loading master supervisors spent a week sharing best practices with our Responsible Care team and local loading masters at the Cabo Negro terminal in Chile. This work will be replicated in 2019 with loading masters from Chile going to Brazil.
    • We worked closely with our terminals in North America to address safety inspection/audit findings. We also conducted a Responsible Care assessment for a new terminal. This part of our process allows Methanex to ensure the systems, safety culture, and practices, along with fire protections and emergency response protocols, meet the expectations of Methanex’s Responsible Care approach.
  • Cattalini

    Open-door and safety event in Brazil

    In October 2018, we conducted our third methanol safety workshop and open-door event at our Cattalini methanol storage terminal in Brazil. Sponsored in conjunction with Cattalini at the Camboa Hotel in Paranaguá, this biennial event has attracted an increasing number of participants every time it is held.

    This year’s event included participation from the main transportation companies that haul more than 20,000 truckloads from this terminal on annual basis, as well as surveyors, local authorities and agencies, and emergency responders. Speakers covered a range of topics that included vessel safety, shipping regulations, and new safety technology for trucking. The day included a group tour of the terminal’s facilities.

    At the event, we also celebrated the fact that six million metric tons have moved through the terminal since we first started there in 2001.

    Cattalini Workshop Group
    methanol safety workshop and open-door event at our Cattalini methanol storage terminal in Brazil
  • In Asia-Pacific, we gave 10 awards to staff at our partner terminals for contributing ideas that improve safety and foster continuous improvement.

    Our Logistics Service Providers (LSP) Recognition Award in the Asia-Pacific region is given to staff who contribute valuable safety improvement ideas at their respective terminals. In 2018, nine terminals from our Asia Pacific network participated, including six terminals from China, two from Korea, and one from Japan.

    One award recipient devised a magnetic door plate that affixes to truck doors during loading operations. The plate functions as a warning sign for drivers to make sure they don’t enter the cabin or operate the truck before loading finishes and all hoses are disconnected.

    Another operator came up with the idea of making an inexpensive device that makes it safer for operators to retrieve pigs from pipelines. (A pig is a device used for pipeline maintenance operations such as cleaning and inspection.)

    A third award recipient proposed adding lighting at a terminal, at an elevation that would increase visibility for ships during low tide.

    Magnetic safety sign
    lighting installed at a terminal

    Magnetic safety sign (left) and lighting installed at a terminal (right): ideas proposed by terminal staff to improve safety

    inexpensive device that makes it safer for operators to retrieve pigs from pipelines
    inexpensive device that makes it safer for operators to retrieve pigs from pipelines

    Device designed to retrieve pigs from pipelines, a safety solution proposed by terminal staff