Cargo Carriers wins another ArcelorMittal SA contract

Cargo Carriers Press Release

Cargo Carriers Press Release
Cargo Carriers wins another ArcelorMittal SA contract

The relationship between supply chain specialists Cargo Carriers ( and ArcelorMittal South Africa just got a little stronger. The collaboration began with a contract to transport cold rolled steel from Vanderbijlpark, and was extended to deliver grades of steel between Vanderbijlpark and Saldanha. Carriers has now been awarded the contract to transport pitch & tar from ArcelorMittal’s Vanderbijlpark plant. 

Pitch & tar, a by-product of the steel smelting process, is burnt as a low-cost furnace fuel, but the plants that use it are scattered as far afield as eMalahleni (Witbank), Middelburg, Zimbabwe and Richards Bay. It presents a serious transportation challenge because the material needs to be maintained at a high temperature – if it drops below 200°C, it solidifies into a destructive solid and renders a tanker useless.

Cargo Carriers has been in business since 1956, making a name as a reliable and efficient haulier. When the company listed on the JSE in 1987, it was one of the largest privately owned transport operations in Southern Africa. Since 2002, it has been reinvented as a specialist logistics and supply chain service provider, in which capacity it has become a trusted name in the steel, sugar, powder, fuel, chemicals, gas, and mining sectors.

Speed, efficiency and safety

Because pitch & tar has to be kept at a constant 200°C and to reduce costs, it is vital that the supply chain between producer and consumer runs continuously. Cargo Carriers has tankers dedicated to this contract, staffed by full-time drivers, to ensure that the operation runs smoothly. Tankers also pick up a return load of crude tar from either Pretoria or Newcastle, for delivery to Vanderbijlpark, further improving cost-effectiveness.

Tankers are clad in a double skin, both to insulate the load and to improve safety. A heating blanket within the skin maintains the temperature. Since the cargo is potentially hazardous, Cargo Carriers has to maintain strict adherence to Safety, Health, Environment and Quality (SHEQ) protocols. Cargo Carriers are also affiliated to the Chemical & Allied Industries (CAIA) and are signatories to Safety and Quality Assessment (SQAS) and Responsible Care.

World-class logistics software allows the tracking and tracing of all loads throughout their journeys. Driver performance is monitored closely by onboard technology, and driver training and retraining is a continual process, to ensure the highest safety levels. Cargo Carriers also has contracts with spill-response companies, so that in the event of an accident, containment and clean-up can be launched immediately.

Full-service haulage

The ArcelorMittal pitch & tar contract is testament to the company’s ability to minimize costs, maintain a continuous supply line and adhere to strict SHEQ policies. Their full-service approach is the key to efficient supply chain management and the ability to almost magically provide savings on transport costs, without compromising safety. For more information, visit

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