Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has won National Occupational Safety. Credited Awards (NOSCAR) awards for its Port Elizabeth and East London car terminals for the fifth and tenth years, respectively at the recent international NOSA NOSHCON Conference.
TPT was also the overall national container terminal winner in the Transport, Storage and Communication category.
Just two months ago TPT achieved 13 NOSA awards in the regional competition, bringing the total number of awards for the terminal operator to 16 for the 2014/15 financial year.
The NOSCAR award is the highest rating in the NOSA system and recognises organisations that continuously commit to providing safe and healthy work environments for employees.
Karl Socikwa, CEO of TPT, said: “These awards are testiment to TPT’s prioritisation of safety and risk management for staff and cargo alike. For the past three consecutive financial years, we have not only met all Transnet corporate DIFR targets but have also reduced our incidents further from 0.80 to 0.45 which is a 43% reduction year-on-year. We aim to continue making TPT safe and operationally efficient for the benefit of our staff, clients and all other stakeholders.”
In order to provide efficient loading, unloading, transhipment, temporary storage and terminal services to TPT’s customers, their safety objectives are characterised by the promotion of value-driven behaviour and proactive leadership.
Socikwa added: “It is embedded in our charter of values to attain and maintain a standard of safety, health, environment and quality that is beyond minimum legislative requirements to leverage our position within the markets we serve, and thus become more competitive and efficient.
“Our legal, social and moral obligation towards our staff (including contractors), communities and environment in which we operate is of paramount importance.”
Zeph Ndlovu, General Manager for Corporate Risk and Security at TPT, said: “For a business operating in a complex and high risk environment such as ours it is essential to have effective safety protocols in place that are understood by all employees, in order to minimise the disruption of service to clients.
“While TPT is locally based we serve international customers which use various port terminals across the world. It is therefore critical for us to provide a first world service if we are to remain competitive in an actively competitive global environment, even in challenging situations.”