Transport safety

Galp is committed to supplying customers safely, but also to transporting our people, our equipment and our products safely. Promoting road safety is a priority for our Organisation. We have set safety and environment requirements for our fleet.

A set of rules and recommendations have been established for all employees who drive in Galp's service, in order to prevent and reduce the number of road accidents, personal injuries and their severity.

Learn more about our car safety requirements.

Defensive driving


Galp aims to improve driving in a positive way, by influencing the adoption of a defensive attitude on the road. Our theoretical and practical defensive driving courses encompass topics such as driving behaviour and driver's attitude, eco-efficient driving, vehicle safety systems, legislation and road regulations.

We emphasise the impact of each person on road safety, whether whilst working or in their private lives. We also want to lead by example at this level, with the communities where we are present.

Safety of product road transport

With regard to product transport, we have set requirements in terms of the vehicles’ passive safety (tractor and tank), drivers training and complementary equipment – requirements that go far beyond the legally compulsory ones.

We believe that the adoption of these guiding principles has been decisive for the reduction in the number of road accidents of the vehicles that are used daily in Galp’s service.

Partnerships for improvement

Through partnerships we contribute to improving road safety in the transport of oil products.

In Portugal, Galp, jointly with the Portuguese Association of Petroleum Companies (APETRO), has established and subscribed an Added Road Safety Agreement (ARSA). This agreement constitutes a reference to the ground transport conditions of oil products in Portugal, for the subscribing companies.

The ARSA sets requirements for an efficient safety management system in the transport of oil products, covering vehicles, drivers, as well as the Quality and Safety Management system itself, of transport companies.

Under this agreement, all drivers in Galp’s service attend compulsory training courses, whose contents are validated by the Organisation and cover topics such as defensive driving, product handling, among others.

Every year, through the APETRO agreement, a strict audit plan of the companies that are hired to transport our products is carried out.

Learn more at APETRO’s website.

Safety of product maritime transport

“We guarantee the safety and quality of maritime transport through a vetting system that is aligned with international practices, with acknowledgement by the various counterparts”

Manual of Chartering and Vetting, approved by the BoD on 2014-07-31

In accordance with our HSE policy and international benchmark practices, we have established procedures for our charters and for the ships of suppliers and customers destined to the transport of our raw materials and products.

We aim to promote integrated processes that ensure transparency, control in the organisation and, in particular:

  • minimising the risk associated with the maritime transport of oil products;
  • encouraging partners, such as Ship Owners, Operators and Ship Managers, to manage their fleets and crews in accordance with the best practices established within the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), promoting a culture of safety;
  • promoting the training of our people that are responsible for the Shipping activities;
  • ensuring the sharing of information and the development of the best practices through the participation in specialised sectoral organisations.

We guarantee the verification of the conformity of the ships operated in our maritime terminals, according to risk and operational criteria.

We have procedures for inspection and verification of the ships’ condition, certifications, crew qualifications and respective operational management.

After each inspection, a vessel inspection report and the corresponding request for corrective actions, if applicable, are sent to the ship owner.