Transportation and storage

Our regulations and measures for transportation and warehouse safety cover the delivery of raw materials, the storage and distribution of chemical products among BASF sites and customers, and the transportation of waste from our sites to the disposal facilities.

The graphic depicts the different stations along the value chain. The topics in each chapter address the station shown in dark green. (here: Transportation, Transportation) (graphic)

Strategy

  • Revised Group directive for transportation safety
  • Updated process descriptions for classification of hazardous materials

We applied the experiences of past years to update our Group directive for transportation safety in 2014. This included specifying responsibilities within our worldwide network and ensuring consistent standards. We also revised process descriptions for classification and product clearance in accordance with dangerous goods regulations. In doing so, we ensure that chemical products are classified according to globally uniform standards in line with transportation law, and are cleared for their various modes of transport.

In 2014, we nearly achieved our goal of reducing the number of transportation accidents worldwide by 70%, or to 0.17 per 10,000 shipments, between 2003 and 2020 (0.20 accidents, which represents a reduction of 64.3%). At 35, the absolute number of transportation accidents was at a very low level. The number of product spillages during shipment in 2014 amounted to 0.23 per 10,000 shipments (2013: 0.23).

In 2014, third-party negligence in the delivery of raw materials to a BASF site in India led to a serious transportation accident.

2020 Goal

–70%

Fewer transportation accidents per 10,000 shipments
Baseline 2003

Transportation accidents per 10,000 shipments
(Reduction compared with baseline 2003: −64.3%)

Transportation accidents per 10,000 shipments (bar chart)

Accident prevention and assistance

  • Audits conducted for safety in container shipping
  • Risk assessment guideline implemented

We stipulate worldwide requirements for our logistics service providers and assess them in terms of safety and quality. In 2014, we evaluated around 600 companies in all regions. Our experts use our own evaluation and monitoring tools as well as internationally approved schemes.

We audited large-scale warehouses at our two European Verbund sites in 2014 to increase safety in container shipping, focusing on container loading and the accompanying documents.

We evaluate the risks in transporting raw materials with high hazard potential: To further push uniform transportation safety standards in the chemical industry, we worked with the European Chemical Industry Council, CEFIC, to develop a guideline for conducting risk assessments in 2013. We implemented this guideline worldwide in 2014. Based on it, risk assessments were conducted for naphtha in China, acrylic acid in Thailand and butyl acrylate in Brazil. More than 1,000 employees at our three European sites in Antwerp, Belgium, and Schwarzheide and Ludwigshafen, Germany, took part in our practical dangerous goods training using walk-in tank wagons and tank containers.

Furthermore, we raised our supply chain safety standards even higher in 2014. We specified measures for the dangerous goods inspections performed in our logistics processes. The new process description based on this is initially valid throughout Europe, and will be subsequently carried over to the other regions.

Activities in external networks

We are actively involved in external networks that quickly provide information and assistance in emergencies. These include the International Chemical Environmental (ICE) initiative and the German Transport Accident Information and Emergency Response System (TUIS), in which BASF plays a coordinating role. In 2014, we provided assistance to other companies in around 200 cases worldwide. We apply the experience we have gathered to set up similar systems in other countries: In 2014, we provided support in the form of tutorials and seminars, for example.