Ngqura, PE harbour and East London car terminal win NOSA top safety awards

JULY 23, 2016

Transnet Port Terminals was the recipient to a number of awards at this year’s NOSA Eastern Region Awards, held recently at the Maharani Hotel in Durban.

Recipients of these highly regarded awards included TPT’s Ngqura Container Terminal, Port Elizabeth Car Terminal and East London Car Terminal who were all awarded the Top Companies Award, achieving excellence in a leading Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) Company.

Furthermore, Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT) won first place in the NOSA Eastern Region Award, Sector I - Transport Storage and Communication, and PE’s Container Terminal and their Multi-purpose Terminal came in at second and third place respectively within the same sector category.

Durban’s Container Terminal also received top honours with Sinegugu Shangase from the terminal winning the prestigious SHE REP Award for the Eastern Region.

TPT has been undertaking NOSA audits since 2002 when the first set of audits commenced with the newly formed operational entity.

The NOSA audit, which is recognised as an international benchmark in the management of Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental risks, entails 72 elements and was based on CMB253 and CMB0001, both of which are NOSA Integrated 5 Star systems, as a guideline for general industries.

Some of the criteria measured during the NOSA audits include mechanical, electrical and personal safe guarding, management of fire and other emergency risks, SHE incident recording and investigations (DIFR) and Organisational Management etc.

“We are thrilled to have had so many of our terminals recognised this year for their commitment to meeting the stringent safety, health and environmental standards that NOSA promotes. TPT’s drive for consistency and a holistic understanding of the correct procedures has helped us achieve this significant accomplishment.

"Our success at this year’s NOSA awards would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of all of our people at the award beneficiary terminals. We will continue to improve our efforts to meet and surpass TPT’s safety objectives through the promotion of value-driven behaviour and proactive leadership. These awards just further reinforce how seriously we take the safety of our employees and customers’ cargo by recognising TPT as leaders in this area,” stated TPT’s General Manager of Risk & Corporate Affairs, Zeph Ndlovu.

Until now TPT’s car terminals in Port Elizabeth and East London have been the shining beacon and last October were recipients of NOSCAR awards for the fifth and tenth years respectively.

Earlier this year NCT was the very first Container Terminal in Africa to be the recipient of a NOSCAR Scoring of 95% putting the terminal in prime position to become a NOSCAR accredited Terminal in the next 3 years. TPT subscribes and complies with industry best practice in the areas of Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) management systems.