ZERO FAILURES – Maintenance Strategy

Black Sea Terminal’s (BST) embraces a “zero failure” maintenance strategy. To support this strategy, technologically advanced equipment and devices have been installed and successfully used as part of the terminal’s maintenance processes.


Dedicated management, step-by-step equipment inspection, maintenance, and highly qualified personnel, ensure the prevention of equipment failure. This helps reveal any issues with equipment to eliminate the problem at an early stage. The Maintenance Department maintains a high standard of equipment health and performance for the entire period of terminal operations, where meticulous preventive maintenance work plays a key role in increasing asset reliability and availability.

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Fire Drills

A fire drill is a method of practicing how employees would be evacuated in the event of a fire or any other emergencies. Fire Drills are an important part of Black Sea Terminal’s (BST) safety procedures for a number of reasons: they ensure that staff or any visitors to BST premises understand what they need to do if there is a fire; they test how effective the company’s evacuation response plan is and help to make improvements to any aspects which prove to be ineffective. Fire drills also help prepare employees to respond quickly, calmly, and safely.


Yearly fire drill plans are being prepared by BST management and are being implemented on regular (weekly) basis.


Fire drill reports are prepared following each drill and contain the following details:

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Employee adaptation program at the terminal

Starting a new job can be stressful, as new employees must get used to company regulations, objectives, procedures, principles, and of course getting acquainted with their new colleagues. In order to assist new employees to transition more quickly and comfortably into their new role, Black Sea Terminal (BST) follows a well-managed and up-to-date adaptation program. This program is for every new employee, as well as internal BST employees who join a new department.


During six-month adaptation program, department heads and supervisors get a detailed understanding about the skills and knowledge of the new employee. 

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Contractor Evaluation Process

Contractor evaluation is the process of assessing and approving the potential line of contractors of the company through various quantitative and qualitative evaluation measures. The overall process and approach of the contractor evaluation is usually applied to the current set suppliers to regularly measure and monitor their performance for the purposes of reducing the costs of goods/services, mitigating the chances of risk involved, and driving continuous improvement in their performance. The supplier evaluation process is a vital aspect of the BST management system.


The proper supplier evaluation forms are being filled out on a semi-annual basis. 

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Key Performance Indicator at BST

The Key Performance Indicator (KPI) is a measurable value of BST’s Management System that demonstrates how effectively a company achieves its key objectives. BST uses KPI at multiple levels to evaluate their success at reaching targets.


KPI is carried out on a quarterly and yearly basis and is regularly tracked and reviewed during management review meetings.


KPIs prescribe how BST should monitor or measure quality its management system, when to monitor or measure the quality management system, and/or how and when to analyze and evaluate the opportunities.

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A Safe Environment Guarantees Stable Production

In the modern world, the efficiency of production processes, growing financial results, safe working environments, improving a business’ image and a skilled work are the result of companies leveraging the latest technologies and maintaining a developed infrastructure.


The contributions made by Black Sea Terminal’s (BST) qualified employees and management through their daily activities, confirms the company’s constant readiness to create a free, safe working environment in accordance with established standards, and BST’s commitment to protect the health of its employees.

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Spare parts criticality assessment

The spare parts criticality assessment is a process that is essential to the operation of an efficient warehouse and inventory management system. Some aspects are essential to ensure the continuous operation of the terminal, while other aspects may not have such a critical effect on operations. This is why the criticality assessment should be conducted to rank spare parts as critical or non-critical.


Spare parts logistics play a crucial role in maintaining a high index of equipment availability. However, while an out-of-stock scenario leads to equipment shutdowns, it is critical to have only those spares in the warehouse that are necessary for the continuity of operations and to avoid overstocking. 

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Major Emergency Management (MEM)

Black Sea Terminal (BST) has very competent emergency response plan in place that enables the company to perform work safely and easily. The emergency response plan is a crucial component to handling any kind of emergency situation. 

Though the emergency management team is well trained and experienced, the continuous review and revision of their knowledge remains constant. This instills a sense of confidence in the employees.  The importance of this upskilling and pre-planning is essential so that at the onset of an emergency, important decisions can be made rapidly and the situation can be controlled in a short period of time. 

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Inspection and repair work of corrosion protection system at berths

The corrosion of steel structures at berths due to the sea water environment is a constant threat. Sea water contains high concentrations of salts that together with dissolved oxygen accelerate the corrosion process of metals. In order to decrease the corrosion rates of steel structures in sea water environments and to extend their service life, several methods have been designed. One of these methods is the use of galvanic sacrificial metals, such as aluminum alloy to protect steel structures.

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Enhancing developmental needs to meet technological needs

There are a lot of new projects implemented at the Terminal and skilled, trained employees are always needed.  Even during the COVID - 19 pandemic situations, company has never failed in meeting the developmental needs of the employees.


Currently, new technological projects being implemented at the terminal it is a must to have skilled employees especially those handling welding jobs.  

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