15 Oct


Johannesburg, 15 October 2013

A three-year contract to transport liquid petroleum gas (LPG) for Easigas has been awarded to Imperial Logistics’ operating company Tanker Services.

According to the divisional chief executive officer Lucky Maluleke, the company’s management systems in key areas such as driver selection, recruitment and training, as well as its uncompromising health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) standards, led to it securing this contract. “Other factors that contributed to the win,” Maluleke adds, “are our effective operational management of the logistics activities – and our commitment to forging a mutually rewarding partnership with Easigas.”

Outlining the scope of the contract, Maluleke says that it encompasses the management of HSSE policies and practices to meet both legal and Easigas requirements (including regular defensive driving training), as well as the implementation of daily delivery schedules prepared by Easigas and the management of the dispatch and driver workforce. “We will also undertake the operation and maintenance of tankers and trailers in accordance with legal and Easigas requirements, and provide management information to allow for the effective monitoring and control of the service and business.”

A key factor will be maintaining the flexibility to adapt to changing business and market requirements, he notes, explaining that Tanker Services must adapt their fleet to seasonal demand for LPG. “The biggest challenge is to match the supply and demand in the market, since the forecasted volumes can vary according to demand and seasonality, and Tanker Services needs to adapt to these changes,” Maluleke stresses.

Tanker services will use an existing fleet, with three vehicles operating around Port Elizabeth and six vehicles in KwaZulu-Natal. “The product will be loaded from the respective pickup points in Port Elizabeth and KwaZulu-Natal and distributed to Easigas customers and depots around the country, as well as Swaziland and Lesotho,” he explains. “This will be a 24/7 operation.” Easigas has always had a valuable relationship with Tanker Services over the years and this contract will cement it, Maluleke concludes.

About Imperial Logistics

With extensive operations throughout Europe and Africa, Imperial Logistics is uniquely placed to partner companies in leveraging the value inherent in their supply chains. By positioning ourselves as an extension of a clients’ business – building our clients’ brands alongside our own – we are co-collaborators in unlocking the competitive advantage contained in complex and dynamic logistics environments. Our own differentiators lie in a combination of an extensive resource base of transportation, warehousing and distribution operations and best-of-breed integrative process and technology solutions.  We apply our pre-eminent supply chain management skills to manage operational processes across end-to-end value chains on behalf of our clients.  As a multi-branded business, we are in a position to optimise the benefits, scale and synergies that are derived from large businesses, while retaining agility, customer focus and an entrepreneurial flair that characterises smaller businesses.  We recognise that our clients’ requirements are unique and customise our service offerings accordingly, whilst leveraging our experience to benefit each client.

For more information, please visit www.imperiallogistics.co.za

About Tanker Services

Tanker Services offers world-class transportation services of fuel & gas, specialised and food & chemical products and adheres to stringent health, safety and environment practices. Tanker Services is committed to creating value for its customers, by better quality service and differentiated Health and Safety practices. Tanker Services adheres to a culture of continuous improvement, service excellence and empowerment of its employees by optimal use of resources, developing highly competent people, whilst meeting all legislative requirements. The company recognises the importance of managing supply chain costs and improving efficiencies.  By working together and cultivating professional relationships, Tanker Services consistently adds value by providing optimal and mutually-beneficial solutions. The company is one of the largest specialist fuel and gas bulk transport companies in South Africa and has been a market leader in servicing the industrial chemicals, powders and cementitious markets for more than 50 years. For more information, please visit http://www.imperiallogistics.co.za/company/tanker-services/


File name – Tanker Services 1: Tanker Services bulk vehicle operators (from left) Vincent Munsamy and Zenzele Mvusi

File name – Tanker Services 2: (from left) Sizwe Sikhakhane, Contracts Manager for Easigas; Zenzele Mvusi and Vincent Munsami, Bulk Vehicle Operators and Logan Moodley, Driver Trainer for Tanker Services


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