On 12 February of this year, Olíudreifing’s new vessel arrived in Reykjavik Harbour after a journey of 4,200 nautical miles from its place of construction in the Akdeniz shipyard in Adana, Turkey. The vessel was named Keilir, the same name as that of the Company’s vessel built in China in 2002. Keilir will replace M/T Laugarnes, which has been owned by Olíudreifing since 1998. An agreement on the construction of a new vessel was signed in Reykjavík on 16 January 2018. Keilir was built according to the shipyard’s design, the 5th ship to be built according to this blueprint. Keilir is also the fourth tanker vessel to be built for Icelandic operations. Previously, Stapafell I and Stapafell II had been built for Olíufélagið and Skipadeild Sambandsins, and the previous Keilir for Olíudreifing in Shanghai in 2002. A total of eleven oil tankers have been owned by Icelanders, excluding boats.
The latest development in security matters was a primary focus during the building of the ship. The new Keilir has great improvements in everything concerning safety in marine transport of fuel, as compared to Laugarnes. These include a double bottom and shell plating, two main engines with two rudders and screws, which provides great security in difficult circumstances, e.g. in the event of a failure of a main engine, as the ship can easily be sailed using the power of one main engine. All navigation is more efficient and safer with two propellers, as opposed to a single propeller system. The ship is also equipped with a powerful bow thruster and firefighting equipment, which further increases the ship’s safety. There is heating equipment in all eight tanks, which are painted with an epoxy paint system from Hempels. There are also washing machines to wash cargo tanks. There are eight Svanehoj pumps in the ship, one in each tank.
Sales and Services Division
The division’s main tasks are the sale of equipment and services for service stations and customers of the parent companies and Olíudreifing’s Distribution Division, and the design, development, monitoring and maintenance of specialised equipment for storing, handling and processing fuel.
Olíudreifing's main activities are the distribution and stock keeping of liquid fuel and services to oil depots and petrol stations.
Reception of orders
Olíudreifing does not accept orders for delivery of liquid fuel. The fuel is ordered from the relevant provider.
As has been reported, Olíudreifing received the Prevention Award from VÍS and the Administration of Occupational Safety and Health on 4 February, at the conference “Occupational Safety Challenges”. The award was given to a company that had taken excellent measures preventive work and security matters, and according to the above-mentioned parties, Olíudreifing had done excellent work in that respect.
Safety and environmental issues are a priority for Olíudreifing and an ever-increasing part of the Company’s operations. We are of course very grateful for this recognition, but we also know that this is not the final stop or end of anything.
Safety issues and preventive measures are an ongoing work that we will constantly strive to improve. Safety issues mainly concern protecting the environment as well as the lives and health of our employees and others. It may therefore be said that public health is at the heart of these concerns.
We have attempted, in consultation with VÍS - which from the beginning has been our insurance company - and also, in recent years, with our certification company, BSI, to revise and strengthen all our work processes and achieve a higher level of discipline in our work methods. We also maintain very close ties and cooperation with the government institutions that our operations are governed by, such as the Administration of Occupational Safety and Health and the Environment Agency of Iceland, for we all share the same goal, i.e. to reduce the number of adverse incidents and accidents.
Regular visits from professional bodies and audits of the activities of Olíudreifing result in the accountability and encouragement that is necessary for us to achieve better results and acquire more knowledge that will be of use in risk prevention within the Company. The last audit performed by BSI resulted in no written notification for us, merely some indications regarding certain things that could be done better. It is therefore clear that we will strive to maintain the same course, and if we are to be successful we must all make an effort.
Today Hörður Gunnarsson, on behalf of Olíudreifing, and 102 other representatives of companies signed a climate declaration at a ceremony that was held at Höfði:"We the undersigned intend to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimise negative environmental impact through targeted actions.
The nations of the world are now facing the consequences of climate change. The United Nations have taken on a leading role in analysing the problem, dealing with it and adapting to changed circumstances.
Municipalities and companies of all sizes are becoming ever more important when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving the goals that have been set to reduce emissions.
The main challenges in Iceland include pollution from transport and waste disposal. We intend to show social responsibility in action by:
reducing greenhouse gas emissions
reducing waste generation
measuring the results and regularly publishing information about the status of the aforesaid factors.
This task is quite compatible with the environmental policy and targets of Olíudreifing, and it will be exciting to take part in the subsequent cooperation between these companies.