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.
The launch of the newly integrated company significantly increased our membership in both councils, which have been taking their first steps toward engaging in new activities. Focusing on land transport by tanker trucks, a reborn Koun-kai was formed from 32 contract transport companies in May 2020. This council of land transport companies holds safety campaigns, 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 with the aim of promoting safety in maritime transport by coastal tankers. 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.
In addition to calling attention to the safety, environmental, and quality aspects of operations through the two councils, we are working to build a competitive logistics system while enhancing safety and quality and emphasizing safety activities rooted in the workplace. This is done by listening to the comments and opinions of tanker truck and coastal tanker crews, who are the people actually undertaking safety operations and safe transportation, 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 potential and prospects for zero-emission electrically propelled tankers (EV ships) in coastal shipping 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.