HOUSTON, July 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) honored CITGO Petroleum Corporation with its 2013 Safety Excellence Award at the organization's 33rd Annual Operating Conference and Trade Show held in Houston this past June.

To receive this prestigious award, a company's reportable safety performance data for the overall terminal workforce must achieve an employee total recordable incidence rate (TRIR) of 1.0 or less in the reporting year in the "large terminal" company category, or achieve an average TRIR of 1.0 or less based on the multiple-years of data required to meet its workforce size requirements, in the "small terminal" company category.

"At CITGO, the safety of our employees, contractors and neighbors always comes first and once again this year, the CITGO Terminal Facilities and Pipeline group has been recognized for its unyielding commitment to safety," said Vice President Supply and Marketing Gustavo Velasquez.

ILTA presents this recognition to the year's most exemplary performers based on survey data for all domestic terminal operations. Additionally, each award candidate must not have experienced any employee, contractor or third party workplace-related fatalities at its terminal or other operations for the previous two years.

CITGO owns and/or operates 48 petroleum product terminals, which comprise one of the largest networks in the country.

ILTA represents 80 companies and partnerships that operate bulk liquid storage terminals in 49 countries.  These facilities are located in ports and along rivers, canals and pipelines.  They serve the vital economic purpose of transferring liquid products from one transportation mode to another.  Products handled by ILTA members include crude oil, refined petroleum products, chemicals, renewable fuels, fertilizers, vegetable oils, and other food grade materials.

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information visit www.CITGO.com.