Transport safety

Operating across a number of continents, countries and sites as we do requires that much time is spent on the road, either by professional drivers of road tankers or by employees who travel for business purposes. Always keeping this fact in mind, we aim to ensure that traffic accidents are prevented rather than simply managed.

Car and truck safety

To reduce the risks our colleagues face on the roads we provide defensive driving training for those employees whose work involves regular driving. Courses are designed to train drivers to avoid incidents while promoting an attitude of mutual understanding and cooperation on the road. All participants take part in a theoretical course based on the Safe Drive Training syllabus and then participate in a monthly distance learning program to keep their newly-acquired knowledge fresh. Participants also attend practical training sessions, completed with personal evaluations. We recommend and offer to our drivers that they take part in a supplemental driving course as well. The four modules of the course are: slippery roads, off-road, driving at night and in poor visibility conditions and ‘untrained drivers’ training’. The aim is to train our drivers to cope with special road conditions in accordance with the principles of defensive driving in order to reduce traffic risks.

Influence on society

The MOL Retail Network displays posters, pictures and leaflets in filling stations to draw drivers' and customers' attention to traffic risks and to correct behaviour behind the wheel. MOL will continue to hold campaigns to promote economical, safe and eco-friendly driving habits to help drivers reduce their fuel consumption. Also, by promoting Global Road Safety Partnership projects, we bring together government, business and NGOs to cooperate on road accident related injury prevention in areas where we operate.

Tanker safety

Our key priorities are safe operations, customer satisfaction and cost efficiency. Since Road, Rail and Barge Transportation is often carried out by contractors we make all efforts to ensure that these values are also enforced during cooperation with our contracted partners. Road transportation safety is ensured through our Road Transportation Management System (RTMS) that is rolled out to both own and contractor fleets and consists of rules that all parties need to comply with. 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 EBIS standards. A successful audit is a precondition for contracting with MOL Group companies. To ensure the safety of barge transportation, MOL Group has joined an international organisation (EBIS – the European Barge Inspection Scheme) which has been developed by oil & gas and chemical companies as part of their commitment to improving the safety of tanker barging operations. 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.

More information about road safety can be found in MOL Group’s Annual Reports (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013).