Tanker services to deliver more than 1 billion litres of fuel a year for Total South Africa
Nov 8th, 07:43
A fuel distribution contract that entails the delivery of more than one billion litres of petrol and diesel per year – and over three million kilometres of travel annually – has been awarded to Imperial Logistics group company Tanker Services by Total South Africa.
This three year contract is for fuel distribution services in Cape Town, Pretoria, Polokwane and Mpumalanga, reveals Imperial Logistics divisional CEO Lucky Maluleke. The petrol and diesel will be delivered to Total South Africa clients that include mines, service stations and commercial customers, he adds.
“Tanker Services secured this contract on the strength of its expertise, systems and skills in the testing fuel industry – all of which mean we are able to consistently deliver on world class standards,” Maluleke states. Also a significant factor in this contract win, he stresses, the company is on target with plans to ensure that all locations get RTMS (Road Traffic Management System) accreditation, which reflects Imperial’s commitment to road safety. “On achieving RTMS accreditation, in some of the locations, Tanker Services has become the first fuel business to be accredited. RTMS is an industry led, voluntary self regulation scheme that encourages consignees, consignors and transport operators engaged in the road logistics value chain to implement a vehicle management system that preserves road infrastructure, improves road safety and increases the productivity of the logistics value chain,” Maluleke explains. “The system recognises sustainable, high standards in driver behavior and fleet maintenance.”
Compliance with HSE (health, safety and environment) and vehicle quality standards are critical aspects of this contract. Maluleke elaborates: “Tanker Services acquired 40 new vehicles to conform to Total South Africa’s stringent standards, which include the stipulation that Tanker Services’ vehicles cannot be older than five years at any time in the contract. This 40-vehicle fleet will operate 24 hours a day, loading and offloading seven days a week according to the time schedule.” He notes that these vehicles will operate in accordance with Euro 3 and 4 emission standards technology, which will see emissions reduced and ensure a more environmentally friendly fleet for Total South Africa.
Outlining further aspects of this challenging contract, Maluleke says that Imperial Logistics’ in house driver trainers will ensure that all operators comply with company and legal requirements, and Imperial has also appointed in house health, safety, security and environmental (HSSE) teams to conduct audits on the drivers and vehicles twice a year. “Each operator is assessed on a six monthly basis on driving, loading and offloading. If he does not meet the required criteria, he is removed from the working environment until he meets the standard. Each vehicle is serviced on a monthly basis - in line with legal and company requirements.
“Imperial values the partnership that has been built over years with Total, he concludes.Click here for more information on IMPERIAL Logistics
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