Idemitsu’s petroleum products are transported by land and maritime contract transport companies. To promote safety and strengthen cooperation, the contract transport companies have organized two councils, one related to maritime safety and another related to land safety. We are a special member of both councils. In May 2020, a council of tanker truck operators was reorganized and rebranded “Koun-kai” with 32 contract transport companies constituting its membership. This council of land transport companies holds safety campaigns and training sessions for operations managers and gives awards to crew members boasting accident-free and violation-free operations. Also, in May 2020, the ISG Marine Environment Safety Council was formed from a total of 10 maritime transport companies operating coastal tankers. To promote safe maritime transport, the council carries out safety campaigns through which it ensures the thorough implementation of safety activity policies and specific measures as well as the sharing of best practices and cautionary case studies.
While placing emphasis on promoting safety activities rooted in the workplace, we are working to build a competitive logistics system in addition to enhancing the safety and quality of logistics operations.
Our efforts to this end are not confined to calling attention to the safety, environmental, and quality aspects of operations through these councils. We reach out to tanker truck and coastal tanker crews, who are the people actually undertaking safety operations and safe transportation, listening to their comments and opinions, providing feedback to them, and using their input to inform our activities.
In addition, as a new initiative, seven companies in Japan, including Idemitsu and maritime transport companies, established the e5* Consortium in May 2020. The consortium focuses on the abundant potential and prospects for EV ships and has brought together the strengths of its participating companies, including technical know-how and networks. The aim is to construct a platform that provides revolutionary maritime infrastructure services as a foundation for EV ships.
Thirty-two petroleum product freight contractors (19 from former Idemitsu, and 13 from former Showa Shell) conducted a general meeting through web conference to form the new transport association (Kounkai) on May 12, 2020. The newly appointed chairman from VUTEQ Transport declared that their mission is to become unrivaled transport association with high safety quality that delivers the Idemitsu’s ‘energy’ throughout the country.
In addition, Mr. Kito, the president of Idemitsu, expressed his gratitude for the constant safe operation and said, "In order to consolidate the entire freight network, you need to help each other, sometimes compete with each other, grow together, be united and lead the oil industry. I hope that ‘Kounkai’ will become a strong organization that can flexibly respond to changes in the business environment and overcome crisis. The new "Kounkai" will support the safe and stable supply of Idemitsu products and will greatly contribute to further enhancing Idemitsu brand.
On May 11, 2020, the "ISG Maritime Environmental Safety Council" inauguration ceremony was held online attended by 10 companies, including Asahi Tanker Co., Ltd. and Uyeno Transtech Co., Ltd., with the aim of promoting safety in sea transportation and strengthening cooperation among Idemitsu Group. The chairman (President of Asahi Tanker Co., Ltd.) stated in his speech that the council mission was to provide stable energy supply to the entire country and prevent marine pollution. Thus, a solid team unity is needed to accomplish the mission with total safety and zero accident. Idemitsu Group has a dedicated coastal tanker fleet to stably carry out domestic sea transportation of petroleum products at a high safety and quality level.