BOST Rejects Fuel Shortage Claims By Tanker Drivers
The Bulk Oil Storage and the Transportation Company Limited (BOST), has shot down claims of a shortage of fuel at its depots. It follows media reports suggesting that some tanker drivers of the company have been rendered jobless for more than a year following the purported lack of fuel. Recently, it emerged that some
tanker drivers had petitioned the President Nana Akufo Addo to intervene in the operations of BOST over claims of operational difficulties. But a statement from BOST in setting the records straight, the company also said the allegations are unfounded and that the company is in safe hands. We will also at this point urge the public to
disregard the unfounded allegations on the operations of the company and trust BOST to live up to the bidding of the good people of Ghana. BOST is in a good state and it’s poised to deliver on its mandate to benefit the government and people of Ghana, excerpts of BOST’s statement read. BOST further explained that complaints
of the tanker drivers also emanate from attempts by the company to maximize its resources by repairing, fully, four of its river barges and two pipelines that have been faulty for about five years. These also include the two pipelines connecting the Tema Akosombo and Buipe Bolgatanga depots and all the four river barges on the
Volta Lake. The repair works according to the company have led to a faster, quicker, and efficient movement of the volumes of fuel to meet increasing export demand, thereby reducing the dependency on tanker drivers in transporting product by road and with this intervention, BOST also said that its asset utilization has improved
from a paltry 15% to 85% within two years, adding that it is seeking to bring every single asset which has been lying idle over the last couple of years into the operation to also maximize value. One river barge voyage from Akosombo to Buipe takes a total of about 5,300,000 litres of product. With a maximum capacity of 54,000
litres per truck (tanker or BRV as indicated earlier), one barge trip is the equivalent of (5,300,000/54,000) = 98 trucks. With the barges making close to 10 turns in a month, (98*10) 980 truckloads are saved,” BOST further noted.