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Putting safety first

We're accountable

As a corporate citizen, we are accountable to our employees, our community and the environment. These responsibilities act as our guide in developing trust, honesty and fairness as well as respect in the community and with those that we work with in government, our shareholders, stakeholders, suppliers and customers.

Anticipating and safeguarding

Safety management is of major concern to the Group and throughout its core functions. Proper safety means the protection of our people and the surrounding environment at those flashpoints that can occur if the appropriate steps and precautions are not properly addressed and anticipated. Safety means safeguarding the health of our suppliers, too. That's why safety policies specifically control every process to conform to the highest safety criteria, while minimising risk.

Safety management in all our operations

Our aim is to safeguard and protect our employees and design our work structures with safety in mind. Throughout the Group's core functions, safety management is a prime concern in every operation being conducted. 

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A culture of safety

We work with our local and international regulators, customers and communities to ensure that we conduct our business safely and responsibly.

Safety without compromising performance

Because of the hazardous nature of our operations, we are only too aware that safety management is of paramount concern to the welfare of our business and our community. The Group engages in the strict design of processes that prioritise product and process safety without compromising performance. 

The design of our safety management system encompasses all our operations and is spread across all the Group’s products and operations from import to final end use, be it on land or sea. This means that all modes of fuel transport (including the Group’s bunker barges, fuel transportation/cargo vessels and road tankers) are equipped to meet the highest safety standards. They, in turn, are backed by our watchful eye and long experience in the business.

Addressing operational safety

In our drive for safety, we have taken many practical steps to continually address the operational safety issues we face as well as the protection of wildlife and the environment within which we operate. These are:

MAPP and ERAP safety protocols

We not only manage safety by prevention but we are suitably equipped to ensure recovery and damage control. The Group’s safety management systems  include operational protocols to be used in Major Accident Prevention (MAPP) classified as Level 1 and Level 2 accident procedures. As a further safety measure, the Emergency Response Action Plan (ERAP) is brought into use where all operating procedures are replaced and prioritised by a safety protocol that overrides all operations in the Group.

Staff evaluation and audits

In the storage and handling of petroleum products we work hard to maintain compliance with all applicable directives related to safety. All our operational personnel are trained in safe product movement and their associated risks. The competence and professional capabilities of our personnel are also regularly evaluated against standard international benchmarks. On the Group's installations and distribution points, ongoing safety audits are carried out  in order to update safety procedures and record their relative safety performances.

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Safety at sea

IMO Code for safety at sea

The Group’s marine operations are carried out in strict conformity with the IMO’s International Safety Management Code. This provides an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention. All procedural aspects of the administration, maintenance and operation of the vessels adhere to set procedures that are annually inspected by internationally recognised autonomous bodies.

Equipped to recover oil spills

The Falzon Group’s barges and road tankers are equipped with specific anti-pollution equipment, enabling the collection and recovery of oil spills from the sea and the shoreline. The Group’s terminals are also equipped with booms and other anti-pollution equipment to be deployed in the eventuality that an oil spill takes place within any of the port areas where these terminals are located.

Collecting oil slicks with the MT Santa Maria

Sophisticated equipment on  the MT Santa Maria, one of our barges, carries still greater oil spill recovery capabilities. This barge has been contracted by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) to render oil pollution response services to the central Mediterranean region as directed by EMSA. Once deployed, the MT Santa Maria can collect up to 2,000 metric tonnes of oil slick (dewatered capacity) using sophisticated sea surface radar that can detect oil slicks and automatically direct spill recovery robots to the location.

The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA)

Based in Lisbon, the agency is a centre of excellence for maritime safety operations in Europe. EMSA has been given the tasks of monitoring pollution response and the long-range identification and tracking of ships.

EMSA monitors over 20,000 vessels across Europe and worldwide. It inspects how seafarers are trained and ensures marine accidents are properly investigated. It inspects classification of societies, assesses port state control systems, tracks problem ships, and safeguards the standards of on-board equipment. The organisation provides ships to better help Europe respond to major oil spills. It also provides satellite imagery to identify polluting vessels and ensures that ships comply with environmental rules.

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Safety on the road

Transporting fuel in our fleet of road tankers requires its own set of safety procedures on land.

An impressive road delivery network

Our fleet of road tankers provide a total on-the-road capacity of 400,000 metric litres. This represents an impressive delivery network that sustains the needs of thousands of commercial, governmental and industrial establishments for fuel energy. 

Anti-spill sensors fitted

All our road tankers are designed to conform to regulatory requirements and to safely transport all classes of fuels on Malta’s roads. Each and every truck is fitted with anti-spill sensors that monitor and inhibit excess loading of liquids. What’s more, if a spill is detected, built-in emergency shutdown devices shut off the tanker’s engine.

Training our drivers

We take great care in ensuring that our drivers are trained to be both capable and responsible for the safe handling of the respective road tanker and for the operations connected with the delivery of fuel to our land-based customers. All drivers undergo periodic refresher training, both inhouse as well as with duly accredited third parties.

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