Crossroads' jet fuel contract

Cape Town International Airport saw over eight million passengers come and go in 2010 with around 100,000 air traffic movements recorded. The constant supply of jet fuel is critical to airport and airline functionality. Fuel giant Chevron is one of the main suppliers of the jet turbine engine fuel (Jet A-1) to Cape Town International Airport.

In July Crossroads entered into a contract with Chevron for the transportation of Jet A-1 fuel from the refinery in Milnerton to the airport. The contract requires approximately 260 million litres of jet fuel to be transported every year, utilising state-of-the-art vehicles and a team of highly-trained drivers.

Since jet fuel is a hazardous material it was extremely important for Chevron to choose a logistics partner that had the right credentials and fuel transportation experience. Crossroads was the ideal choice as the company has worked with jet fuel in the past, and also has a wealth of experience in general fuel transportation.

“Our standards in the fuel sector are second to none,” says Jeanne Kruger, Contract Manager: Fuel Distribution, Crossroads. “Our safety, driver training, and track record in previous contracts with Chevron all played a big role in winning the tender,”

It is absolutely imperative that all drivers transporting fuel be accredited with Dangerous Goods training and that their trucks be equipped with the right technology. And as jet fuel demand is seasonal, it is critical to provide a flexible solution to cater to fluctuating demand between summer and winter.

Catering for demand at the highest levels through fixed cost contracts creates unused capacity and high costs out of season

”Our ability to react to demand, whether increasing or decreasing, and still be cost effective is the key to success in modern logistics solutions” continues Kruger “Partnering with logistics experts that are able to grow or shrink their fleets in accordance with demand levels, to truly deliver flexibility at low cost creates competitive advantage for us and our clients.”

The increasing importance of the sustainability concept to large corporates has lead the fuel sector to prioritise Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ). It is as much a non-negotiable today as BBBEE levels with hazardous cargo such as jet fuel.

“We conduct SHEQ audits quarterly through internal committees,” says Kruger. “and twice a year external audits are performed on management and operational systems, vehicles and equipment. These audits ensure that we maintain our high standards to comply with the sustainability requirements of our customers.”