Tanker safety standards
To ensure the safety of the transportation of barges, MOL has joined an international organisation (EBIS – the European Barge Inspection Scheme) which has been developed by oil and chemical companies as part of their commitment to improving the safety of tanker barging operations. The main aim of the EBIS is to exchange objective safety and quality data about tank barges (the data is only available to EBIS members). The organisation deals with the training and accreditation of barge inspectors, has created a common questionnaire to be used for barge inspections and handles a central database of inspection reports. MOL is committed to transporting and loading barges, tugs and dumb barges only if they have passed a valid EBIS inspection.
In 2012 a new global operative regulation about contract management and Rail and Barge Transportation was issued. The main purpose of this piece of regulation is to provide a guideline for the development of contract management activity to ensure safe operations, customer satisfaction and cost efficiency in cooperation with contracted partners.
As a basis for contracting barge and rail hauliers, a so-called pre-qualification system has been put in place whereby barge haulier tender winner(s) have to undergo an HSE and technical audit (based on general HSE, ADN and in the future also EBIS standards). A successful audit is a precondition for contracting with MOL. In the meantime, we have started drawing up a specific technical and HSE requirement system for barge contractors and barges which will be part of tender and contract requirements from 2013 onwards. This criteria system will be subject to pre-qualification and follow-up audits as well.
Regarding barge transportation, MOL Group does not have its own (nor rents) barges which work solely for MOL Group. MOL contracts with shipping companies for transport capacity for a given period. The proportion of the contracted fleet which has a double hull is 46%.