BRITISH COLUMBIA – Pacific Coast Terminals (PCT), located in Port Moody, British Columbia, has won a prestigious International Bulk Journal (IBJ) Award which recognizes achievements by individuals and companies that improve and enhance efficiency, safety and environment protection at bulk terminals around the world.
PCT has been awarded the 2017 Safety in Bulk Handling Award for their leadership and effective management of safety programs that have produced the lowest accident frequency and severity statistics than any other terminal in the Port of Vancouver.
“I speak for everyone at PCT when I said that we are honoured to even be considered for such an important award,” said Wade Leslie, Vice President and General Manager of Pacific Coast Terminals. “Safety is a responsibility for everyone at PCT and we have made it our culture to ensure not only a safe workplace, but also that the philosophy of safety is taken home with our employees. As a result, our efforts to exceed industry standards have enabled PCT to be the only two-time recipient of this award.”
Pacific Coast Terminals specializes in the handling of bulk solid sulphur, liquid glycol, canola, and as of just recently, potash. PCT has handled over 4 million tonnes of sulphur on an annual basis making it one of the world’s largest sulphur export facilities. Their operations have been acknowledged in the past with awards for environmental protection initiatives and nominations in various categories.
PCT’s unionized workforce experienced no lost time accidents (LTA’s) in 2017, resulting in the Company not experiencing an LTA in 11.7 years for maintenance employees and 3.5 years for operations employees. PCT continues to enjoy the lowest LTA frequency rate, severity rate, and insurance premium rate in the entire West Coast waterfront industry.
In 2008, PCT began participating in the development of a Certificate of Recognition (COR) safety audit program in partnership with WorkSafeBC (WSBC) and the BCMEA. The development of this program for the waterfront industry measures individual company safety performance compared to WSBC standards. Following COR certification in 2008, PCT has maintained some of the highest compliance rates in its industry. The Company achieved an average of 96% over its last five (5) internal audits, and 95% in its last three (3) external audits.
Some of the other initiatives PCT has taken on recently:
• Promotion of safety away from workplace (e.g. at home, etc)
• Introduced safety absolutes – where infractions can lead to suspensions from three to five days for contractors working on site
o This is done even at the detriment of project budget and schedules
• Focusing on leading safety indicators life tool box talks, site inspections, management site tours, safety video compliance etc
Safety is a core value at PCT and is tied not only into daily efforts, but also individual, departmental, and corporate incentives. It is simply who we are, and we would be honoured to be recognized for our efforts.
Representatives from PCT attended the black-tie awards gala on November 13th at the Beurs Van Berlage, Amsterdam.
About the International Bulk Journal Awards
The International Bulk Journal Awards are dedicated exclusively to the maritime dry bulk industry and recognize achievements by individuals and companies improving and enhancing efficiency, safety and environment protection in this vital global market. 2017 IBJ Awards winners were selected by an independent panel of judges and announced during a gala event on November 13th, at the Beurs Van Berlage, Amsterdam. Category finalists were selected from approximately 100 entries from 25 different countries. https://www.ibj-online.com/ibj-awards/