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[post_content] => HCB spoke to Nuria Blasco, general manager of Terminales Portuarias (Tepsa) about her life in the industry.
HCB: What attracted you to the tank storage industry in the first place?
NB: I don’t even remember when I started being attracted by industry, factories and engineering. I was raised in Tarragona, the largest chemical hub in the Mediterranean, with an important industrial port. I do remember being on the beach, looking with my father at the ships waiting to enter the port. As a child, I loved the night view of the refinery with its thousands of lights and wondered what the people working there did.
The tank storage industry has a unique combination of gifts. It is located mostly in port areas and that means open spaces, seafront areas and hectic activity. It is a highly specialised industry so it means you are touch with new technologies, new requirements and high standards. It is a critical industry for our customers so they are always putting pressure on us to deliver our best. It is an industry that handles dangerous goods and that means we have to be very conscious of the risks.
HCB: How did you get to where you are now?
NB: It was natural for me to study industrial engineering and, later in my career, take additional degrees in project management and business subjects. I started at TEPSA 20 years ago; the first years were focused on technical jobs and then, step by step, I realised I enjoyed managerial tasks more and more.
The transition to managerial positions was also natural, each step bringing increasing responsibilities. Despite my broad knowledge of TEPSA, this latest challenge – as general manager – is extraordinary. Each new position is a new story and I am grateful for a long history of challenges. This variety of roles and positions was really a blessing for me personally – I’m curious – and for the development of my career.
HCB: What are your current responsibilities and what challenges do they present?
NB: As general manager of TEPSA I am responsible for all aspects of the company. As to challenges, the world is moving faster than ever and our customers expect quick, flexible and easy solutions, while long-term contracts are becoming less and less frequent. Our industry, though, requires high investment and a long-term approach.
In my opinion, a major challenge is ensuring a profitable business in an uncertain environment where manufacturers look to keep stocks as low as possible, in a framework of increasing costs related to regulation, SHEQ considerations and labour costs.
On the other hand, the industry has become global, with worldwide players active in a competitive environment. Keeping our brand image and our niche market in good health is a pretty good challenge also. Finally, our terminals are well prepared to handle high volumes with excellent sea/land infrastructure; we feel hub activities are still underperforming and there is room for improvement and additional business.
HCB: What is the company’s current focus and how does it affect you?
NB: In our business, safety and a holistic respect for the environment – and here I mean not just the traditional aspects of quality, health, security and environmental protection but also a true respect for current and future customers, co-workers, suppliers and the communities in which we are settled – is paramount.
Handling dangerous goods is mainly a matter of taking care of products while controlling their risks: safety comes first, without a doubt. But sustainability is also becoming essential for a long-term business such as tank storage: we must minimise our environmental impact while reducing our energy consumption. We also have to be lean and sustainable in our organisation and our financial structure.
As a long-term business we aim to create long-term partnerships with our stakeholders; as a storage terminal we are just one step in the supply chain of our customers and therefore we must follow the changes they are making. We are happy to help our customers improve their logistics but we need to understand their needs over the long term so we can adjust the services we provide. That is what we promise: flexible tanking, certified.
HCB: What does TEPSA offer to industry that sets it apart?
NB: TEPSA is an independent terminal company and a pioneer in Spain in the tank storage business for chemicals, oil products and foodgrade products. We love our business and we love helping our customers optimise their logistics in a safe and seamless manner. We are committed to becoming the best partner for our customers every day, everywhere and for everything they need.
Our good reputation has been earned through our daily work, safety standards and holistic respect for the environment. Undoubtedly, our commitment to our employees, customers and the environment has been the only way to consolidate a solid network of stakeholders.
HCB: From a personal perspective, what are your targets within the company?
NB: We have a history of nearly 55 years of success, evolving from a small company to the modern and solid TEPSA we are now. My target is to lead this great company into the future, in a changing and competitive world, consolidating our strengths based on the great team of TEPSA people. Leading for results through people: they are the ones who handle our customers’ energy and chemical products with care, efficiency and passion.
HCB: Outside of work, how do you relax?
NB: I know it is simple but I love walking on the beach. This gives me time to relax as well as time to reorganise my brain. I enjoy practising yoga and pilates with the girls and playing tennis with my friends at the weekend – and having a beer afterwards!
Last but not least – and I would not say this is a relaxing activity – I like sharing my time with my teenage children and being amazed at how fast and how well they are growing up.
[post_title] => View from the Top: Tepsa's Nuria Blasco
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