Port Authorities as community builders

Questions and Answers

We are facing quite similar challenges regarding climate change and the use of fossil energies on board and at some port facilities, my question to mr sanguinetti is: is there an update close to our near future related to a henhanced way to accelerate policies to promotes change to the shipping industry? considering that not long ago another fire on board of an VLCC were quite a challenge to the coastal authorities.

From a port perspective, working closely with terminal operators, bunker suppliers and shipping companies to provide cleaner fuels should be a priority. Providing financial incentives and discounts for vessels using cleaner fuels or with a good environmental record should also be considered.

We have facilitated crew changes to handle in port . Kindly advise how UK chamber of shipping could support us to us to develop news to support community.

It is important that these developments are published widely by whatever means so that communities realise the importance of shipping, seafarers and the efforts that ports and other authorities are making to keep supply chains open.

How Artificial intelligence will affect the job opportunities in maritime industry and should people fear A.I. ?

We should embrace AI as a means of improving efficiencies, introducing automation to minimise risk to humans in dangerous environments.

Do the panel see any challenges or opportunities with a growth in leisure activity, especially as both pleasure craft and ships are all getting bigger with a potential for reduced safety margins?

I see opportunities here with increased activity, revenue streams and jobs, but this expansion must be carefully managed to minimise risk.

Why port authority is limited within port areas not in the management of port transportation up to last-mile of the hinterland?

We do not limit us to the port boundaries, although it remains the core. We have financial participations in overseas projects, run training schools in India and China, and we are involved in hinterland connectivity improvement. The actual transport management itself, we leave to the professionals in this domain. Our role is to jointly look for solutions for challenges like congestion to the hinterland, where we actively support the modal shift.

How can we have more information from Port of Antwerp about their Circular Economy plan?

We will launch the market consultation for the specific zone for Circular Economy in the next days. You will be able to find everything on www.portofantwerp.com.

Several Ports undertaking Automation Projects are feeling push backs from the local communities due to the potential employment impact. How would you address/appease these concerns by the community?

We feel no or very limited objection from local communities, as the port is and remains - even with further automation - a big job creator. We refer to the economic importance of the port platform in all our communication. We do feel the traditional objection from unions against automation but a good dialogue with an open and honest communication helps.

What are the ports Antwerp and Acu plans to promote sustainable development after Post -COVID?

Sustainability is in the business development of Porto do Açu since the port was born. Our commitment to sustainability has not changed since Covid-19, on the contrary, we are fostering new projects and business development that effectively amplify our commitments to sustainable goals.

Do both ports build up intelligence on local community perceptions, e.g. through perception indicators, complaint handling, social media analysis? Are there specific indicators used on a management level to monitor the relation?

In a nutshell, the Port considers the stakeholder’s values and processes it into the development strategy of the complex activities. The Port and key stakeholders gather in the Local Development Council to discuss key issues for the local development. We have indeed an independent anonymous hotline (called "Canal de Denúncia") for communication as well as a constant monitor of our social media perceptions. We are also building up a survey for the local community to generate specific KPIs for management level.

How can and what are ports doing to ease the situation of seafarers stuck at sea due to the crew change crisis? for, example, free wifi in ports that crew can access etc

Luc: our harbour captain supports as much as possible in easing transfers to airport, quarantaine centers, etc; wifi is available for free in big parts of the port.

During covid, active crew stuck have ocurred in our port with increased safety measures to reduce exposure risk, guarantee operational continuity and relieve the situation.

Do the participants have any such programs or thoughts related to Port of Long Beach's program?

Port of Antwerp has different such programs running (Zero Pellet Loss; e-noses to detect odours and airpollution; financial support to modal shift projects; …).

Porto do Açu has voluntarily set up an environmental conservation unit for restinga in 1/3 of our port (40km²), being the largest private reserve in Brazil. The reserve allows us to execute several environmental conservation actions, in addition to provide environmental services for companies, such as restinga restoration, environmental education, recue program, conservation and monitoring of flora and fauna, among others.
We also have more than 20 environmental programs in the port area and its surroundings with more than 70 parameters evaluated such as air quality, water quality, ground water management.
Additionally, we have a Sea Turtle Monitoring Program active for 11 years, which daily monitors 62km of beaches and has already increased the number of hatchlings in the region by 35%. The hatchlings’ releases to the sea, which already summed more than 920 thousand baby turtles, are open to local community and are always a great moment to bring the locals closer to the environmental conservation and the port efforts.

What is the role of Porto do Açu about Weather Intelligence information to optimize port calls and achieve Just In Time operations?

Porto do Açu plays a key role as facilitator and information provider to optimize the port calls. We are about to sign a contract for weather forecasting customized for Porto do Açu and also a tool called “Best Window” that compares weather forecast / line-up / maneuvering restrictions, as we understand that this will be helpful not only for our daily routines but also for the prediction of impacts on line-up and in consequence on just-in-time initiatives.
In addition, we are implementing a Port Management Information System that will run integrated with our VTS software and exchanging data with weather forecast tools, improving the quality of data available.

How could port authorities help in keep jobs within the port sector in this difficult COVID-19 environment.

The implementation of safety measures against Covid-19 to guarantee continuity of operations has a direct effect on preventing job losses. Ports and hinterland logistics play a major role as gateways for essential inputs, raw materials and other goods, so the continuity of their operations with minimal impact can help the economy spinning.

What are the challenges will ports face post covid

Ports are already recovering their 2019 activities as the economic rebound is more optimistic than expected. Brazilian ports are effectively reporting growth numbers for 2020. Some even in double digits. The challenges point forward will include risk management, sustainability solutions and ports digitalization.

To Tessa Major, please: I am a researcher and consultant in Brazil working with solutions to porcities. One of our main challenges is port governance. It seems that there are many actions at Port of Açu that are policies involving different public and private stakeholders. Can you talk more about port governance including management of stakeholders on the planning and implementation of theses policies

The Port considers the stakeholder’s values and processes it into the development strategy of the complex activities. Regarding local community, the Port and key stakeholders gather in the Local Development Council to discuss key issues for the local development.
When it comes to business community, our planning is based on partnerships and proactive business development. We actively cocreate business projects together with key players to generate more added value for all.