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Tuesday June 22, 2021 and with the presence of representatives of the port communities of Mejillones, Antofagasta, Caldera, Coquimbo, Valparaíso and San Antonio, the Kick-off or start of the planned activities of the joint study between Trans-Port 2021 and the Universidad de los Andes of Chile, called “Competitiveness and Management of the Port Logistics Chain”, which will take place between the months of July and August of this year, and whose main results will be presented at the Trans-Port event of the next November. The objectives of the Study include sharing in an academic and practical way the components of the Comprehensive Model of Competitiveness and Management of Port Logistics Chains; develop a strategic application to the reality of each participating port; and analyze the challenges of operational continuity in the face of disruptive events such as COVID and other variables facing the maritime-port industry in Chile today. Mr. Rodrigo Lobo, Manager of the fairs group (Trans-Port) of GL events Chile Group, was in charge of opening the meeting with words of welcome to the representatives of the six port communities that will participate in the Study. “This initiative is part of the actions prior to the Trans-Port 2021 Event in November, and which connect us in a practical way with the Chilean maritime-port industry. We hope to disseminate the main results of this study, which will undoubtedly be a step forward in identifying opportunities and gaps for improvement in the local and national port logistics chain”, said the executive. On the other hand, Dr. Rosa Gonzalez, professor of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences from the Universidad de Los Andes Chile, commented the scope of the study in each port community. The program consists of two stages: The first includes a four-week training workshop with weekly sessions where aspects such as: the competitive context of the global maritime-port industry will be addressed; the logistics management components applied to the maritime-port value chain; Case studies and best practices; Analysis of disruptions and their impact on the operational continuity of foreign trade and port business; and Evaluation of the degree of implementation of best practices in a specific port reality. The second part of the study, lasting two weeks, will allow participants from each port community to evaluate elements of competitiveness and management of their own port reality. The study expects to have a participation per port community of between 40 to 100 people, reaching a total of about 300 professionals and officials from the various organizations and companies that make up the port logistics chain of the ports under study. Registration for the training workshop will be open until Wednesday, July 7 in each port community. The start of the sessions is scheduled for the week of July 12, 2021 and for those participants who comply with the attendance and surveys, they will be given their corresponding certificate of participation.
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The Undersecretary of Transport of the Government of Chile, José Luis Domínguez shares with the Trans-Port 2021 community his vision on the advances promoted by MTT in matters of sustainability and digital transformation, whose fundamental pillar has been the promotion of logistics communities port facilities as State policy. 1. What lessons learned can be highlighted in the actions taken by public ports in this period of pandemic and economic recovery? The MTT has focused mainly on ensuring the continuity of supply chains and maintaining the supply of the population as, as far as possible, the operation of key economic activities in the country, without neglecting and requiring employers and port authorities permanent health care and control and care measures for port and logistics workers. The pandemic has made us face a scenario of permanent change and global challenges for the operation of the logistics system. For this, actions have been permanently coordinated with the Ministry of Health. We have established mechanisms for the movement of workers associated with port activity, crew of ships and aircraft, and ground transportation personnel, with the aim of not interrupting supply chains. Likewise, different projects have been promoted in logistics digital transformation, such as the Maritime Single Window or the Port Community Systems, which allow us to advance towards the objective of minimizing face-to-face procedures and reducing the time involved. 2. How are sustainability strategies viewed by the MTT and how are they deployed by public ports in their businesses, workers and territories? Sustainability, from a comprehensive perspective, has been a permanent issue of occupation in our ministerial management. We must ensure that the deployment of actions is sustainable both in economic, social and environmental terms. In the case of ports, in the first place, this is manifested daily in current operations, with examples such as the signing and compliance with Clean Production Agreements (APL) in numerous ports and that, through the shared construction of specific goals by the Private actors linked to each port have allowed investment in improvements that have led to significant improvements in the environmental component of port activities. This is the case, for example, of the port of Antofagasta (with the modification of the process of shipment of mineral concentrates to dump containers) or the measures implemented in the logistics-port system of San Antonio, which have scope throughout the logistics chain . Likewise, an improvement is also produced through the incorporation of the environmental component in the development of the plans and projects of each port in particular, carrying out the required environmental analyzes and complying with the requirements and measures established in the processes of environmental assessment, maintaining a constructive dialogue with the communities. In the area of cultivating sustainable relationships with workers, we have developed a permanent work together with the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare and representatives of the organizations of dock workers and related companies, to progressively improve regulations in this regard. Additionally, we have promoted the creation of the Port Logistics Communities (CLP), and last year it supported instances to discuss and share issues relevant to their communities such as “Governance and Sustainability”; “The role of the Logistics Communities in the resolution of contingencies”; “Improvement of port system processes through collaborative work” and “Technological solutions for the logistics chain”. The Logistics Communities are internationally recognized as instances of collaboration and management in the implementation of improvements in the port logistics chain, whose adoption of good practices enhances their efficiency and coordination. The shared experiences have made it possible to highlight the contribution in the improvement of logistics processes and the benefits that a CLP can provide to the people who live in the cities in which they operate. 3. What is the degree of progress in the digital transformation initiatives that the ministry is undertaking together with the maritime authority, public ports and the road transport sector? Digitization in logistics generates greater productivity, efficiency and competitiveness in the sector, therefore, the MTT, through the Logistics Development Program, works to promote the gradual introduction of technology in different areas of logistics. Thus, for example, we provide guidelines and tools for the adoption of technology in the port logistics chain, in addition to starting to raise the needs and requirements for airport logistics. An example is the Maritime Single Window (VUMAR), a digital platform that will manage the information on the reception and dispatch operations of ships, making all the required information available to users and allowing interoperability with the rest of the national and international systems. This platform began its work since 2018 and it is expected that all the modules will be developed in December 2021. When the project is completed, this system can be used -with the consequent benefits- by the Ship Agencies, Shipping Companies, SAG, Sernapesca, PDI, Customs, Health Service and port terminals, Sicex, Maritime Authority, international ports and users who require information associated with these operations. Starting in 2022, integrations with these organizations will be carried out gradually to complete the massification. Regarding land transport, the Foreign Trade Transport Identification System (SITCOMEX), which we are currently developing, will facilitate the entry of trucks to port and logistics areas without the need to present papers and documents for identification. We also work with ports to design a Port Community System Base Module, PCS, interoperable with national-level platforms (such as SICEX and VUMAR). This design provides national ports with a set of technical integration standards so that they can implement the functionalities of each port system on it. This work continues during this year, in order to have a definition of transversal basic services to include in the systems of each port; business model alternatives for its administration; definitions of the technical and management team profile to develop the functions of the case; as well as with guidelines to involve the logistics communities in these developments. 4. Trans-Port 2021 is committed to bringing together the main protagonists of the economic recovery of the global maritime-port industry, in addition to its main suppliers. How should Chilean ports and authorities take advantage of this event? We value all the opportunities that allow us to bring together logistics actors, which is so fundamental for the country and which silently involves a lot of work, coordination, projects and engineering developed at the service of the country, the productive sectors, and which ultimately lead to a greater development and quality of life for people.
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Indra is a global technology and consulting company and technology partner for the key operations of its clients’ businesses around the world. It is a leading provider of proprietary solutions in specific segments of the Transport and Defense markets, and a leading company in digital transformation and Information Technology consulting in Latin America and Spain, through its subsidiary Minsait. Its business model is based on a comprehensive offer of its own products, with an end-to-end approach, of high value and with a high component of innovation. At the end of the 2020 financial year, Indra had revenues of 3,043 million euros, close to 48,000 employees, a local presence in 46 countries and commercial operations in more than 140 countries. The company has a unique experience in Transportation: it has more than 2,500 projects developed in more than 100 cities in more than 50 countries and its technology is present in more than 70 ports around the world. Its line of Mova Traffic solutions and, specifically, its systems for the exploitation and management of logistics-port operations facilitate a comprehensive and optimal management of ports. They make it possible to improve operational processes and quality of service, in a more efficient and sustainable way, as well as offer greater efficiency in the use of public and private resources and boost the competitiveness of port infrastructures. All this contributes to the economic and social development of the port and its community. In Latin America, Indra has port references in Uruguay, Panama, Brazil, Peru and Chile. In the latter, Indra has carried out the digital transformation of the Port of Valparaíso, achieving significant efficiency improvements and cost reduction. More recently, Indra has completed the development of the reception module for the Maritime Single Window (VUMAR), the electronic platform promoted by the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications of Chile, which allows the processes associated with the attention of ships to be made more efficient for make calls at Chilean ports. In other countries of the region such as Uruguay, its developments control the customs access of goods to the port of Montevideo. Indra has also been one of the main technology providers in the expansion of the Panama Canal and has modernized the information management systems of the Panama Maritime Authority. The company has also implemented its One-Stop Shop or Port Community System solutions in countries such as Spain, Cyprus, Portugal, Morocco, Angola or Cape Verde. For Marcelo Peñailillo, Indra’s commercial director of Transport in Chile, the company’s presence at the Trans-Port 2021 event “is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of digitization in the new logistics-port models. Technologies such as Big data, sensors, IoT, smart devices or smart grids are today key to optimizing operations, increasing sustainability and reducing the impact of port activity on the environment and on nearby cities ”. At Indra, Marcelo Peñailillo underlines, “we are developing numerous projects to contribute to the digitization of ports and maritime single windows, incorporating the latest digital solutions, the most innovative developments and expanding the digital transformation to the entire logistics chain”. During the Trans-Port 2021 event, Indra will present cases, lessons learned and technological trends in digital transformation projects in transport and port environments at a global and Latin American level.
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From Chile and for Latin America, Trans-Port 2021 VII Congress and Exhibition is consolidated as the main event organized and promoted by Fisa of the GL events group for the Maritime-Port Industry of our region. To date, a wide range of multilateral and multinational organizations, governments, public services, public and private companies in the sector, providers of industrial solutions, academia, and a large number of specialists who will make up our thematic panels in the fields of digitization and sustainability. In June, the three main ports in northern Europe have been confirmed, and representatives of the port authorities of Antwerp, Hamburg and Rotterdam will be present at the event. Trans Port 2021 has rescheduled its dates to adapt to these times, which will take place between November 9 to 11, 2021 in Casa Piedra, Santiago de Chile. The event that will bring together the maritime-port industry will have for the first time a hybrid format, that is, face-to-face and virtual. This will make it possible for everyone to participate in the exhibition from any device and in any place, if there are still international travel restrictions on that date. In this new edition we will have a space for networking, both in the building and through our virtual platform Trans Port Connect, which will allow exhibitors and visitors to interact in both formats. In addition, we will have greater national and international coverage, there will be access to the exhibition at any place and time, we will have customizable stands in the face-to-face version through QR code and permanent update in the virtual stand. Continuing with our activities prior to the event, which allow us to maintain close contact with the Trans-Port Community, last May we held the first Trans-Port 2021 Webinar together with our collaborators from Panama (Webb Fontaine), Chile (Ministry of Transport and Empresa Portuaria San Antonio) and Peru (National Port Authority of Peru), and where there was an interesting debate on recommendations and lessons learned for change management derived from port digital transformation projects. In this new Trans-Port 2021 July Newsletter, we share the opinions of two of our sponsoring organizations. On the one hand, on behalf of the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications (MTT), Mr. Undersecretary José Luis Domínguez shares his vision of the digital transformation and change management initiatives that the ministry undertakes with various port and maritime authorities in the country . We are also accompanied by the Spanish technology company INDRA, whose strength and capacity for innovation has led it to develop a series of cutting-edge projects with the maritime-port industry in Europe, Latin America and Chile. Trans-Port, in a strategic alliance with the University of the Andes, began in June the Study of “Competitiveness and Management of the port logistics chain” together with six port logistics communities in Chile, which will enable the training of more than 200 executives and officials of the companies and organizations that make up the value chain in each of these ports. The results of this study are expected to be delivered during the November event, which will allow us to measure the main existing gaps and opportunities for initiatives in the areas of sustainability and digital transformation. We continue to build the great Trans-Port Community, a meeting place for all public organizations, private companies, suppliers, professionals and academia related to the Latin American maritime-port industry. We want to invite you to be part of this event, as a sponsor or attendee, and to visit our website www.trans-port.cl to find out news and upcoming activities. We are waiting for you at Trans-Port Santiago 2021!
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• The new edition, to be held between November 9 and 11, will be on-site and virtual so that everyone can participate from anywhere in the world if there are still travel restrictions at the international level. • During the days of the event, the International Congress will be held in parallel, where strategic issues for the sector will be discussed. Trans Port, the most important maritime-port exhibition of the sector in Chile, rescheduled its international congress and exhibition would performed between August 31 and September 2 for November 9 to 11, 2021 at CasaPiedra. The organization pointed out that the measure was taken so that the exhibition could be held in the best possible conditions, safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our collaborators, exhibitors, visitors and strategic partners. And they emphasized that it is better to postpone to November in order to wait for the situation as a result of Covid 19 to be more stable and hope that the vaccination program is as far as possible both in Chile and the world. Trans Port’s Manager, Katherine Becker, took the opportunity to announce that the exhibition that brings together the maritime-port industry will have for the first time a hybrid format, that is, face-to-face and virtual. This will make it possible for everyone to participate in the exhibition from any device and in any place, if there were still travel restrictions at the international level by that date”. And she explained that in this “new edition there will be space for networking, both on-site and through our virtual platform Trans Port Connect, which will allow exhibitors and visitors to interact in both formats. In addition, we will have greater national and international coverage, there will be access to the exhibition at any place and time, we will have customizable booths in the on-site version through QR code and permanent updating in the virtual booth”. Katherine Becker also noted that “those attending the maritime port meeting will also be able to schedule previous meetings to be held on the virtual platform or at the fair”. And she indicated that “the International Congress will be held live at the exhibition, by streaming and on demand post-event through Transport Connect, which will also feature an open Marketplace where companies can display products and services with quick and advanced search filters for easy navigation, which can also be appreciated during their visit to the venue”. Also from the organization emphasized that the purpose of the exhibition will be to reconnect the maritime-port community, covering the various issues that today concern the industry from a Latin American perspective. At Trans Port is convening global players to share knowledge, trends, technologies and the possibility of bringing markets closer and generating new business opportunities. Finally, the development of the exhibition also seeks to contribute to the reactivation of the economy and the development of the country through the generation of business opportunities and the creation of direct and indirect jobs that are produced around the fair.
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The Transport Undersecretary José Luis Domínguez inaugurated the webinar: “Change management in port digital transformation”, organized by Trans-Port, the most important exhibition and congress of the sector in Chile, to be held in Santiago from November 9 to 11. On the occasion, Undersecretary Dominguez stressed that instances such as the exhibition to be held later this year “is a very important event for the development of the port logistics community and we believe that initiatives like these are the ones that will bring us closer and optimize the development of our ports”. Likewise, the government authority said that our country “has to develop a logistics digital transformation policy. This poses a very important challenge to develop technological platforms that must have a national scope”. And he added “the challenge is not only technological, it also requires involving the users, the actors of the logistics chain associated with the Port, because it is key in the coordination of the entire chain”. From the Ministry of Transport, Romina Morales, in charge of Digital Logistics Transformation, stressed that “our Undersecretariat has a role to play as an articulator and promoter of port efficiency and this in a comprehensive manner, in the field of digitization, as one of the axes of digital transformation and in conjunction with the various actors in the logistics chain, we are moving forward in an environment of strategic integration”. And she noted that “we must be clear that the platforms do not work on their own, which is why we are working closely with the port logistics communities, promoting and supporting them in their coordination and sustainability. We also support them in their development plans regarding digital transformation projects”. Panel On the occasion, there was a panel discussion that addressed the challenges of digital transformation in the industry, with the participation of Mariela Gutarra, Digital Government Leader, Chief of Information Technology, Autoridad Portuaria Nacional – Perú; Eduardo Montecino, Deputy Manager of Logistics Development, Puerto San Antonio; and Jean-Edouard Nicolet, Business Development Manager, Webb Fontaine. From Peru, Mariela Gutarra noted that “change management is very important to be able to carry out these types of digital projects, towards digital transformation. And one of the pillars is precisely the people management”. In this context, she indicated that “we are working towards the Smart Port and the impact is wide in each of the stakeholders of the entire port community. In this line she said “we have many challenges to integrate the entire port community (…) It’s not only the implementation of digital technologies, also to have that sustainability, that productivity and work beside the cybersecurity”. Eduardo Montecino from Puerto San Antonio said that “the strategy must add value. Technology alone does not make sense”. And he explained that it “has to cover a space where are improvement opportunities, where adds value to our actors in the logistics chain, where injects competitiveness and where the conditions of the people who work in the logistics community must improve. That is why the human factor is very important, change management to be close and be very accurate in enabling technology to change people’s lives and help them”. Finally, Jean Edouard Nicolet from Webb Fontaine said that “the biggest and most complicated change is a conceptual change in how the community will work. Today almost all public and private actors have a vision of competitiveness with other local actors. And the implementation of community systems is where we are really going to create a community, and there is a change of mentality from competitor to collaborator. Is like to say in a small country economy like Jamaica, or just one port, you can’t only work at your local level and compete among the different companies and understandings, you must collaborate to create efficient environment and demonstrate globally that your value chain is working efficiently. This is one of the biggest impacts and challenges in implementing digital transformation.”
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Cool Carriers is one of the world’s largest reefer ship operators and has more than 100 years of experience in shipping services with global coverage. From its headquarters in Stockholm Sweden, Cool Carriers coordinates agencies and representatives in the main countries with fruit exports such as Ecuador, Argentina, the United States, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Peru and Russia. Its comprehensive service is characterized by offering fast, dedicated and direct transportation for a wide group of perishable products, with the greatest flexibility and capacity to respond to customer needs. In Chile, the beginnings of Cool Carriers coincide with the birth of the national fruit industry as an exporter, accompanying it in its evolution and competitive positioning in the most demanding consumer markets. At Trans-Port 2021, Cool Carriers will share with the audience the value and importance of the reefer vessel as a transport solution for the export of the main Chilean fruits in a limited period of time (December-April) and large volumes. Cool Carriers’ logistics capacity efficiently connects the valleys where the product is harvested, the regional economies and local ports such as Caldera, Coquimbo and Valparaíso, with the main global markets.
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In the middle of the Valparaíso Dialoga activity, the General Manager of the Port Authority of Valparaíso, held a conversation with the organization of Trans-Port 2021 that will be held this year in Santiago de Chile. On the occasion, Gandolfo delved into the advances of the city-port relationship and how the port’s logistics model has proven to be resilient to the effects of the pandemic. In Trans-Port 2021, sustainability experiences in the maritime-port area will be addressed. Tell us how the Port of Valparaíso has focused on this issue in recent times, its scope and benefits for the port business and the port city. Indeed, in Puerto Valparaíso we have managed to advance not only in the three traditional pillars of sustainability, such as social, environmental and economic, but also due to the nature of a State company and public vocation it has been complemented with an institutional pillar that It allows adding greater value to the port, to the port logistics system as a whole and to the port city. Managing and promoting each of these dimensions aims not only to improve and ensure the competitiveness of the Valparaíso port system, but also our survival over time. Valparaíso is a city that has been hit since before the pandemic, and we can comment that together with our concessionaires in a coordinated manner we have undertaken initiatives that have helped the residents of the city, port workers affected by labor losses and recently went to help with respiratory equipment for the local hospital. Environmental sustainability is a key aspect for the future development of the port of Valparaíso, and for which important expectations regarding citizen participation and interaction have been opened. In this vein, since 2021 the Port of Valparaiso has been promoting the Valparaíso Dialoga initiative, a broad and inclusive conversation process that is not only limited to actors in the port system but is open to all citizens. There are different working groups where debates are held to analyze the sustainable expansion of the port within its sheltered waters from different points of view. The initiative is in full swing and we are very happy with the level of convocation it has had, and with the way in which the talks have taken place. Finally, it should be noted that since 2014 we have prepared our sustainability report through the GRI methodology and indicators, which has improved over time, and we now want to strengthen it with the incorporation of the entire port system as a whole, being a great challenge, which is contained in our update of the strategic sustainability plan, which inspires us to continue working on this issue with great force. The effects of the pandemic have been felt in the maritime-port industry, promoting the need to streamline processes, both in customs operations, logistics and traditional functions. In the context of Digitalization as a global phenomenon, tell us how the Port of Valparaíso faced these challenges from the perspective of digital transformation and teleworking tools. As is known, Valparaíso has a rather unique characteristic around its logistics model that defines the terms in which cargo flows are operated in the Valparaíso port system and that considers technological support and collaboration between actors as a fundamental pillar. through the tools and information systems. The port of Valparaíso, the control entities, terminals, and shipping companies, among other actors, collaborate on this platform. We have the first port logistics information system and collaboration between actors in the country, therefore, from that point of view, since long before the pandemic, we have been working and have been working and enhancing all our technological support and collaboration tools, it is as well as we must indicate that the pandemic situation took us, I would say, on the right foot. However, it has been a very significant demonstration of how these complex situations can accelerate processes during the pandemic period, where we have managed to enhance the facilitation process with the different control entities and for various types of cargo, an issue that perhaps we could not achieve in several years before. Clearly, the pandemic has been an accelerator of multiple digitization processes, starting with the need to enable and make teleworking or remote work possible for an important set of actors in the port. We take this phenomenon as positive learning in the face of the complex situation we are experiencing, reinforcing, and increasing the digital transformation processes which are here to stay. Valparaíso has a culture that facilitates the adoption and incorporation of new technology, which has been always accompanied by the instances of conversation and collaboration through the Valparaíso Logistics Forum (FOLOVAP) that allow these processes to flow naturally. Our next technological leap is underway with the current public bidding process of what we have called SILOGPORT 2021, which is our third generation of Port Community System- PCS, which together with the collaboration of the logistics community will incorporate many additional improvements for integration with various actors and also for expanding cargo visibility towards what we have called the extended logistics chain from origin to destination, which will strengthen our competitive position. These types of solutions will be the subject of the Trans-Port 2021 event and therefore we believe that collecting the greatest amount of experiences from other ports in these innovations will be very beneficial as part of the knowledge exchanges that take place in this type of fairs. What expectations does the Valparaíso port have in TRANS-PORT 2021 and how the participants of the maritime-port industry should take advantage of this event, in a context of economic recovery of both the national economy and trade. Ports, being an essential facility and with a participation of over 90% of our foreign trade that is transported essentially by sea, becomes a privileged actor to monitor the economic activity of our country. In a context of operational continuity during the pandemic and current economic recovery, ports and logistics systems must continue to support the functioning of the economy, and therefore we believe that instances such as Transport 2021 will allow gathering best practices to know how countries have experienced these processes in advance adjustment that comes to us later and to contribute to collect formulas, experiences and contributions to carry precisely the process of recovery of our country that is so necessary. It is also important to point out that ports are inserted into territories and that in our case it is the city of Valparaíso and the metropolitan area of Valparaíso, so that port, logistics and transport activity are essential to contribute to the process of recovery of the territory by which we serve and on which we work, therefore, we believe that ports and port systems will be even more key in economic recovery Finally, make an invitation to executives, authorities, officials and professionals related to the maritime-port industry to participate in TRANS-PORT 2021 From port of Valparaiso we want to invite all national and international actors of the port systems, logistics services and transport to participate in Transport 2021, an instance that has been strengthening and that during this 2021 version promises exhibitions and experiences together with the best networks of institutional and business collaboration. We cordially invite you to participate in this beneficial event for all.
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Press Trans-Port 2021
In these difficult times due to the pandemic, where uncertainty has been present in all economic sectors both in Chile and in the world, we want Trans-Port Santiago 2021 to be a space for the Latin American maritime port sector to return to meet. Our new May issue of our Trans-Port 2021 Newsletter, we share the opinions of two of our sponsoring companies. On the one hand, representing the Port Authority of Valparaíso (EPV), its general manager, Mr. Franco Gandolfo, comments that the event “will be the space with the best institutional and business collaboration networks of the maritime-port industry at the regional level”, that poses us as an organizing team to be up to this great challenge of “re-connecting” customers, suppliers and academia around the challenges for the maritime, port and logistics industry in Latin America. Cool Carriers, as a maritime transport operator, will share with the audience the value and importance of the reefer ship as a logistics solution for exporting clients of agricultural products seeking markets in the northern hemisphere, effectively and efficiently. The VII International Congress and Exhibition of the Maritime-Port Industry for Latin America, Trans-Port 2021, wants to become the meeting point for businessmen, suppliers and national and Latin American authorities, where they can exchange knowledge, experiences, technologies that allow to accelerate development sustainable development of the maritime-port industry in our region. The structure of the meeting has been conceptualized around the challenges of Digitization and Sustainability, which will be addressed in four thematic blocks, each with panels of experts who will share their experiences around: (1) Regulation and Public Policies; (2) Sustainability; (3) Digitization and Automation; and (4) Challenges in logistics and trade markets for Latin America. For the development of Trans-Port and its congress, to date we have the support of important companies, institutions and state agencies. These include the ministries of Transport and Telecommunications, Science, Technology, Knowledge and Innovation, Energy, the Public Enterprise System (SEP) and the National Customs Service. Also, as invited institutions we are accompanied by the Chilean Navy, represented by Directemar and the National Port Authority of Peru. It is important to mention the international collaboration through the IDB Group, Port of Barcelona, IAPH, Port of Montreal, FEPORT, AIVP, among others. Another fundamental pillar of the event are the sponsoring companies, such as Port of San Antonio (main sponsor), Port of Valparaiso, Ultramar, Cool Carriers, Port of Ventanas, Webb Fontaine, ABB, Ports of Talcahuano, Empresas Taylor, Hubner, among others. Trans-Port 2021 expects to gather 15 participating countries, 50 exhibiting companies, 1,500 visitors in the three days, 2,600 m2 of exhibition space. Our exhibiting and attending companies are made up of port authorities, Terminals, Technology Providers, Shipping Companies, Institutions and public and private Associations. In addition, we will carry out activities such as Technical Conferences, Business Meetings, Technical Visits to Ports and a Social Event. We want to invite you to be part of this event, as a sponsor or assistant, to visit our website www.trans-port.cl to learn about news and activities. We are waiting for you at Trans-Port Santiago 2021!
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After assuming the Chairman of the International Congress of Trans Port 2021, the also Board of Directors of the San Antonio Port Authority, Franco Brzovic, held a conversation with the organization of the maritime-port exhibition to be held in Santiago de Chile between August 31 and September 2. On the occasion, Brzovic, the newly appointed head of Congress, addressed the evolution of the national ports as a State policy and the opportunities for the maritime-port industry to adapt solutions, topics that will be addressed during this event.
What challenges have the Port Authorities of Chile and San Antonio Port faced in terms of the operational continuity of services in the pandemic and the economic recovery that is beginning to take place?
Chile is an open economy with 4,500 km of coastline and 80% of its foreign trade uses maritime transport and public and private ports. Cargoes such as wheat, soybeans and corn are examples of supply chains that require 24×7 operation of our ports. In this context, we believe that important opportunities continue to present themselves in the coordination of the entire logistics chain related to the loading and unloading of ships and the flows of trucks and railways using public accessibility.
That is why the main goal is to have a more efficient landside operations, combining better road and rail transport services, and in, where logistics and digitization, themes of this International Trans-Port Congress 2021, become fundamental tools that will impact in the movement of ships, the coordination of land resources and therefore, this activity will have an impact on the economic recovery due to the rise in trade cargo flows in 2021.
To show mention the sustained increase in 2021 of the transfers of cars attended from Roll-on / Roll-off ships, accounting for a total of 36 thousand mobilized vehicles in the first months of the year, signifying an important collaboration effort between shipping agencies, concessionaire and automotive companies to speed up the delivery of products to the final consumer, amid the pandemic and its restrictions.
What is the progress in the negotiations with your current concessionaires that will allow the port’s operational capacity to be expanded in the medium term?
One of the main objectives of the Port is to generate an increase in cargo transfer capacity in the medium term, anticipating the Outer Port project. To this end, we are working with concessionaires to accelerate their investments in port infrastructure and machinery. A first aspect to mention was the recent and successful tender for the Policarpo Toro Liquid Bulk Terminal, which allowed us, during the pandemic, to receive important shipments of very important chemical products for health issues.
It should also be noted that together with our largest concessionaire, San Antonio Terminal Internacional (STI), whose main cargo is container traffic, we managed to conclude a negotiation at the end of December 2020 to extend the contract until 2029 where it was agreed to replace the platform of backing areas towards the sea by other elements that allow increasing efficiency, which includes new cranes and better safety standards for cargo transfer, all of the above achieving an adequate economic balance for both parties. This agreement will allow an increase of 300 thousand Teus per year of new capacity for the next few years.
In turn, with Puerto Central (DP World San Antonio) we received his vision of future projects, because in two more years we must begin the negotiation for the extension of the concession. To date, they have reached significant levels of performance and managed to increase their capacity.
It should be noted that Puerto Panul mobilizes 90% of the solid bulk of the Port of San Antonio with around 4 million tons of key solid bulk for human and animal nutrition and operates 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
On what point is the Outer Port project as a long-term solution and the critical success factors of this important initiative for the central macrozone of Chile?
It has been possible to assign the Outer Port to the port of San Antonio once the evaluation stage that three governments successively carried out, ending with President Bachelet in 2018 announcing that, definitively, the large capacity port project for the central macrozone would be built in the city of San Antonio.
This project, in the first place, must have special protections for the tides, so it must be provided with a shelter capacity that will require physical structures of a very significant cost. One of the great challenges for the State of Chile will be the initial investment in the construction of the shelter molo, an initial project with a total cost of public investment of about 1,400 million dollars that considers the construction of a railway line that will allow the mobilization of all the material required to build this maritime wall, which will not affect the population related of land transport.
On the other hand, the experts anticipate the arrival of ships of up to 400 meters and that could have the capacity to mobilize between 20 to 24 thousand teus. This level of requirement will not only push for a large container storage yard space, but also new maritime equipment such as tugs, technological moorings, among other advanced technology equipment.
Currently, the Outer Port project is going through its environmental impact study phase, which consists of between 13,000 and 14,000 pages, where its admissibility for analysis by the environmental impact system was declared. Citizen consultations were also carried out within the norms, which collected more than 5,000 observations, a very common question given the nature of a project of this magnitude, and which are entirely positive for improving the project.
Parallel to this environmental impact study, the Port Authority is working with investors who have an association or relationship with port operators and who can finance the total value of the investment and expect profitable returns once the port use fees begin to be paid when it begins the commercial exploitation of the outer port. With this approach to financing and return, we are trying to avoid heavy investments by the State of Chile, especially in times of difficult economic and fiscal situation.
Regarding the estimated times, it should be borne in mind that the Environmental Impact study began in March 2020, which has now been extended for 14 months to provide information that was missing to complete the study in its entirety. Based on this precedent, the movement of rocks for the shelter molo and the construction of the first concession site known as Site 1-Mar is calculated in late 2023 and early 2024, which would enter operation in the third quarter of 2030. and there it continues to grow in the construction of other berths until approximately 2040.
Why can Trans-Port 2021 be transformed into a space of high interest for the Chilean and Latin American maritime-port sector? What expectations does Puerto San Antonio have in this important event and you in particular as president of Trans-Port
Maritime transport will continue to be vital for all South American countries that have increased in recent years their commercial exchanges with Asian economies and consumption centers in North America and Europe. In this context, peripheral countries like ours cannot be left behind, having to maintain conditions for a constant flow of imported products such as consumer goods and capital goods and an export rhythm that are a permanent source of foreign exchange. Chilean products such as copper, cellulose, wine and grapes, must continue to flow to all these consumer markets throughout the world, so all ports and their port cities must maintain and improve their services to continue ahead.
Addressing technological issues such as digitization in the maritime-port business in the context of the Trans-Port 2021 International Congress, “Digitization and sustainability: the Challenges of the Maritime Port Industry” is of central character, since beyond updating ourselves, we must be aware that we are in a historical moment moving towards the consolidation of a collaborative economy. Beyond copying initiatives or solutions, you must be smart to imitate what is good and adapt it to the circumstances of our countries and our realities. For example, today it is essential to work with powerful technologies and algorithms in critical operations such as the movement of ships to enter and leave a port, which take elements such as the right conditions so that ships do not wait too long and choose to go to another port, since these decisions can strongly affect the cargoes waiting in port, since they lose their condition and therefore their value. Therefore, all port actors that participate in these processes must be up to date by integrating these types of tools into their business.
Finally, as authorities, we must advance in the generation of public policies that are sustainable with a vision of the future. In this context, the Trans-Port 2021 International Congress also offers us the opportunity to learn about this type of successful experiences or Case Study. In summary, I have gratefully accepted this nomination as Chairman of Trans-Port 2021 because I am convinced that both the chosen topics and the way in which the event will be developed, will allow all the participants among executives, professionals, organizations, and countries, to increase our knowledge and contact networks, especially with those markets with which we are connected at the business level. It is a great idea that deserves to be maintained over time.
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