NCP Chlorchem will continue its eight-year relationship with logistics and supply chain specialists Cargo Carriers, via a further extension of the contract to transport chlorine from NCP Chlorchem’s
Chloorkop plant in Kempton Park to its warehouse in Atlantis in the Western Cape. NCP Chlorchem is SA’s major supplier of chlorine to municipal water-purification plants and the public swimming-pool maintenance market.
Given the potential hazards of transporting chlorine, Cargo Carriers’ record on safety is of major importance. The vehicles are fitted with cranes to facilitate safe loading and offloading of chlorine drums from vehicle to storage area and all vehicles are fitted with safety kits to contain the risk in the unlikely event of an en-route spill. The company also maintains relationships with clean-up services nationwide, as further insurance against any emergency. Drivers have to meet strict requirements with regard to product knowledge, safety procedures and crane operation, with NCP Chlorchem facilitating training and skills update on a regular basis.
“Off the cuff, I’d say the biggest factor in renewing the contract with Cargo Carriers is their safety record,” says Gerhard Painter, Supply Chain Manager at NCP. “They have a reputation as one of the top five hauliers of dangerous goods in South Africa; and are known for their ability to negotiate and mitigate the risks of potentially hazardous chemicals. And that is backed up by their track record – in eight years, there has not been a single hazardous en route incident in the transport of our cargo.”
Pinpoint planning allows cost reduction
After safety aspects, the second-most important factor in being awarded the contract was Cargo Carriers’ ability to reduce clients’ costs through superior logistics, says Cargo Carriers Marketing Director Andre Jansen van Vuuren. “We have spent ten years strategically transforming from bulk hauliers into full-service logistics and supply-chain management specialists. We have upgraded our fleet, improved our B-BBEE rating from level 7 to level 4, achieved and maintained compliance with the relevant Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) standards and developed an industry-leading owner.driver programme.”
Most importantly, the company has installed world-class logistics software to manage cost-effective planning, scheduling and prioritising of loads. In addition, on-board technology monitors driver performance and enables tracking and tracing of cargo throughout the delivery process. “Cargo Carriers are always seeking new avenues in order to reduce client costs,” says Gerhard Painter. “In fact, with the renewed contract, they have managed to lower our costs – through innovation and the latest technology.” The result of this ten-year strategy has been steadily increasing growth – in the past year, Cargo Carriers has also received, renewed or extended contracts from some of its major customers.
Cargo Carriers boasts “a full-service approach to client relationships” – and judging by their growing client list, they deliver efficient, cost-effective supply-chain management, without compromising safety. As Andre Jansen van Vuuren puts it, “We must be doing something right...”