Tuesday, October 22, 2019
"Cooperation for the development of competitive, safe and sustainable ports in the Americas"

Awarded Best Practices 2017

2017 Maritime Award of the Americas


The Central American Port Operator (OPC), Honduras, was chosen as the winner in the category Environmental Waste Management in Ports and/or Terminals. The recognized project originated due to the lack of environmental awareness, as well as the contamination of water and soil.

The proposed solution consists of a series of activities such as awareness, operational controls and improvement projects. The objective of this practice is to reduce non-recyclable waste, the carbon footprint and the generation of solid waste.

After the successful implementation of the project, the OPC has achieved the:

  • Reduction of solid waste by 53.60%
  • Increase of recycled material (kg of paper, cardboard, plastic and metal) by 41%
  • Decrease of the carbon footprint by 27.18%

For more information about this practice, please click here.

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Puerto Ventanas, Chile, was chosen as winner in the category Green Port Operations in Ports and/or Terminals. Currently, Puerto Ventanas ships around 1.7 million tons of copper concentrate creating a great impact on the environment.

With the objective of contributing to environmental improvement, and to give sustainability to the port operations, its practice consists on developing a master plan of investments to modernize its facilities and infrastructure. These investments involve new technologies that allow operations to be carried out in a more secure, efficient, and environmentally friendly manner.

Through its plan, Puerto Ventanas has achieved a 5% reduction in energy per ton transferred as well as an accumulated reduction of 511 tons of CO2.

For more information about the practice, please click here.

  • Public Outreach and Environmental Awareness

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Pluspetrol, Peru, was chosen as the winner in the Environmental Awareness and Community Outreach category. Its practice consists of a continuous monitoring of the Paracas Bay, one of the most important coastal areas of Peru due to its high marine productivity and wide variety of flora and fauna species.

The program has 114 stations located in strategic areas that systematically evaluate the behavior of the living conditions and marine and terrestrial environmental quality of the Bay. The objective is to determine the evolution of biodiversity. The monitoring consists of three main components: an early response system (SRT), biotic and abiotic monitoring; and ballast water monitoring.

Soon the results of the SRT will be accessible in a mobile application which will contain consolidated and available information in real time.

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  • Disaster Mitigation and Management in Ports and/or Terminals

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The Salvage, Fire, and Environmental Protection Service (SERS) of the Argentine Naval Prefecture received the award in the in the category of Disaster Mitigation and Management in Ports and/or Terminals. Their practice consists in the creation of an agency that can provide immediate response in situations such as sinking of ships, spills of polluting substances, and fires in ships or port facilities.

The Salvage, Fire, and Environmental Protection Stations (SIPA), established throughout the country, are in charge of promptly disposing of human and material resources in case of disaster. Among their objectives is to carry out rescue and diving tasks, to intervene in incidents related to damage control, ship fire, and oil spills.

Currently, SERS has 500 employees exclusively as SIPA staff who are constantly training in pollution prevention, spill contingency planning, and inspection of dangerous goods, among others.

For more information about the practice, please click here.