Cai Mep Road Safety

APM Terminals and the Asia Injury Prevention (AIP) Foundation have conducted truck driver road safety training for 300 truck drivers and employees at Cai Mep International Terminal (CMIT), one of the fastest-growing terminals in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, Vietnam. The terminal is located near Vietnam’s National Highway 51, a notably dangerous roadway which shares traffic among bicyclists, motorcycles, passenger cars and heavy trucks. The goal of the safety initiative is to reduce the risk of roadway accidents by CMIT-affiliated truck drivers, employees, and the community surrounding the port complex, by promoting safe-driving skills.

 “As container throughput increases at CMIT, we are committed to equipping our drivers with the necessary skills to be safe on the road” said APM Terminals Vice President of Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Sustainability, Kevin Furniss.

In July and August 2016, the AIP Foundation and APM Terminals conducted a baseline survey to evaluate the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of local truck drivers. The research spurred the development of this more comprehensive safety-training curriculum that covers issue areas such as sleep-deprived driving. The program will use these activities to build drivers’ capacities to become role models on the nation’s highways and in their communities.

A Master Trainer’s Guide is being developed alongside the pilot training. APM Terminals and the Vietnamese government plan to expand the curriculum to other terminals in the country and internationally. Representatives from the National Traffic Safety Committee, Ministry of Transport, National Traffic Police, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Provincial Traffic Safety Committee, and traffic police attended the training sessions.