The company takes a systematic approach to managing road safety, taking the multitude of factors impacting drivers, vehicles and road infrastructure into account. This new approach also involves deploying “barrier logic” (a series of risk controls) in preventing traffic accidents.
Vehicle monitoring system
Gazprom Neft is proactively deploying digital monitoring and control tools in developing its road safety management system — one such tool being an intelligent transportation system (ITS) controlling Gazprom Neft vehicles (and those of its contractors), whereby vehicles are equipped with onboard monitoring systems integrated with the ITS and transmitting all necessary information for analytics and reporting.
Drivers’ working times and rest periods are monitored, as are any excessive speeds, and any sudden acceleration and/or braking. Drivers are then rated, based on analysis of their driving record.
Defensive driving as a safety barrier
Gazprom Neft drivers (and drivers at contracting organisations) receive additional training (both theoretical and practical) in “Defensive/Winter Driving and Driving in Challenging Conditions”. This teaches drivers how to read the road properly, and how to take decisions in good time to avoid any danger and prevent any emergencies arising.
Gazprom Neft’s long-term strategy is to contract out aviation services. The company has abandoned its use of thrust-deficient Mi-8T helicopters in favour of the more modern Mi-8MTV model. All crews undergo additional training on a special mobile integrated simulator.
The company is developing its helicopter transportation infrastructure, having commissioned a state-of-the-art Arctic heliport at its Varandey shift camp, serving personnel working on the Prirazlomnoye offshore platform in the Barents Sea. This is one of the most advanced heliports in the Arctic Circle, currently.
And at sea
In order to further reduce any risk of incidents offshore and at sea Gazprom Neft has introduced a Maritime Operations Safety Management System (MOSMS). This system is based on the standards and requirements of more than 100 international regulations, resolutions, federal law and industry recommendations on health, safety and the environment (HSE) in maritime transport.
Expert examination of the MOSMS by the Russian Maritime Register of Shipping in 2020 found it to be fully compliant with all national and international standards and requirements.
A further, separate competency centre — the Maritime Safety Service — has been established within the company to support and safeguard the functioning and performance of the MOSMS.
Specialists from Gazprom Neft Shelf and Gazpromneft Marine Bunker have been members of the Russian delegation to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) since 2020. These specialists are involved in developing and improving international maritime legislation on the Arctic, directed at improving safety in maritime navigation and at preventing pollution from seagoing vessels.
The company’s main activities aimed at protecting the employees’ health of Gazprom Neft and its subsidiaries include regular medical and clinical examinations, first aid training, building a culture that encourages employees to look after their health.