Truck drivers appreciated

Improving safe road behaviour

17 March 2020 | Events

Geoffrey Elyanu, Vivo Energy Namibia; “No motor vehicle accidents, fatalities or injuries were recorded over the combined 6,467,969 kilometres.”

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Vivo Energy Namibia rewarded their best performing truck drivers at the annual driver’s recognition awards ceremony.

The three hauliers contracted to Vivo Energy Namibia - XCCS Namibia, Unitrans Namibia and Cape Town-based Cargo Carriers - all recognized their best drivers at the ceremony.

The awards are an annual event held to inspire drivers that transport petroleum products for Vivo Energy Namibia, to better road safety behaviour and compliance.

The drivers' performance is measured by their level of adherence and compliance to Health, Security, Safety and Environment (HSSE) standards with the overall aim to prevent and achieve any incidents - “goal zero” - from taking place. This means no harm to people, assets and the environment throughout Vivo Energy's operations.

On-Board-Computers (OBC) installed in every truck that transports Shell petroleum products for Vivo Energy Namibia, allows for the monitoring of each journey in real time.

Speaking at the event, Vivo Energy Namibia’s supply and distribution manager Geoffrey Elyanu, said that the company places much emphasis on driver management with the transport companies that it conducts business with.

“Drivers are held responsible for the lives of people on the road, the vehicle they are driving and the product they are transporting. They also have to ensure they protect the environment from any oil spills while driving their trucks.”

Elyanu said that the overall safety performance for 2019 makes for interesting reading, with no motor vehicle accidents, fatalities or injuries recorded over the combined 6,467,969 kilometres covered by the three companies transporting product for Vivo Energy Namibia.

“This would not have been possible without the active participation and attention to detail by the drivers. They also improved on the reporting of potential incidents over the year.”

Managing director of Vivo Energy Namibia Edward Walugembe, said that the drivers’ efforts to safely deliver petroleum products often goes unnoticed.

“Events such as these awards are of utmost importance in maintaining our safety record on the roads.”

He also expressed his gratitude towards the families and spouses of the truck drivers.

“It is not easy being away from your family, and we appreciate the sacrifices you make by travelling far and wide to safely deliver our product.”

The award recipients are as follows:

Drivers of the year: Matheus Chipandeka (Unitrans Namibia), Solly Williams (XCCS Namibia) and Vuyani Khanuka (Cargo Carriers).

Runners-up Adolf Khoeseb (XCCS Namibia).

Endurance award: Samuel Hailume (XCCS Namibia), who covered 135 000km, mainly across the hazardous northern regions of Namibia without a safety-related incident.

Vigilance award: Matheus Chipandeka (Unitrans Namibia) for logging the most Potential Incidents (PIs) on the system.

Quality PIs award: Vuyani Khanuka (Cargo Carriers), for logging the best potential incidents on the system.

The Trailblazer award recognises the driver that commands leadership amongst his peers in all areas of the profession and it was awarded to Johannes Kayanga from XCCS Namibia.

The valour (courage under fire) award went to Isak Gaoseb of XCCS Namibia after he showed heroism, bravery and fortitude during 2019.

The awards all carried a certificate of excellence and a cash prize of N$2000 for the special recognition awards and N$6000 each for the drivers of the year.