The certifications obtained by Portonave attest to the quality of its services and safety in the Terminal’s port operations.
After the September 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S., the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code was created, establishing new security measures to be adopted by ships and port facilities to prevent terrorist activity. The ISPS Code classified all international ports according to predefined security levels, which the Brazilian government and other signatories undertook to implement by July 1, 2004. The main concern was to prevent the access of unauthorized personnel to port facilities as well as passenger and cargo ships, and the transportation of weapons and objects that could be used for terrorist activity and sabotaging ships and port facilities.
The ISPS Code establishes an international security structure and defines the roles and responsibilities of the signatory governments, government bodies, local administrations, ports, port terminals and shipping companies to ensure international maritime security. It also ensures the efficient exchange of security-related information, and also envisages a methodology for evaluating the safety targets and implementing the adequate safety measures.
The port terminal was certified by Conportos to use the ISPS Code in 2008 and invested R$8 million in equipment and standards of conduct in order to comply with the security standards established by the code. Portonave also installed a complete security infrastructure, including 24/7 surveillance of the entire Terminal area, an access control system with electromagnetic cards equipped with biometric reading technology, an armed surveillance team, metal, drug and explosives detectors, in addition to the signs indicating the current security level, pursuant to the ISPS Code.
The security procedures adopted by Portonave give it a competitive advantage in logistics and management. The Port Security department maintains Portonave’s facilities and assets, as well as the personal belongings of employees and all those who circulate in the area. Portonave also has a closed-circuit television system (CCTV), in addition to physical barriers such as turnstiles, electronic entrance system, and biometric access control to restricted areas. Door frame and portable metal detectors help secure the internal environment, and Portonave also has a mass spectrometer, the latest technology in detecting drugs and explosives.
Portonave is Brazil’s first terminal to use the HCVG Scanner from Ebco Systems in its container loading and unloading operations. The equipment is the most modern in its category and can identify traces of drugs, explosives, weapons and illegal merchandise in just 30 seconds. Used by Brazil’s Federal Revenue Service, the equipment can also compare the Cargo Manifest with what is actually being transported. HCVG’s high performance imaging system provides the operator with detailed images of the containers’ contents, offering fast and reliable results.
Thus, Portonave complies with all the requirements of the ISPS Code, ensuring the Terminal greater competitiveness in its international trade operations, positioning Portonave in the major international routes with the leading shipping companies around the world.
ISO 14001:2004 specifies the requirements for an Environmental Management System through control of the use and disposal of resources, reduction of risks, and improvement of performance.
After much effort and dedication of all the employees, after the audit by BVC (Bureau Veritas Certification), the Terminal was certified on June 11 in recognition of its concern for both profits and the management of environmental impact.
In three years of operations, Portonave has won the following important awards in the environmental, social responsibility and human resources areas.
- September 2007 – Fritz Müller Award – ‘Conservation of Production Inputs – Water’ category
During the construction of the Terminal, the quality of the Itajaí-Açu river water was constantly monitored and, because it remained unaltered, Portonave received the Fritz Müller award, in the ‘Conservation of Production Inputs – Water’ category, from the Environment Foundation of Santa Catarina.
- July 2009 – Fritz Müller Award – ‘Conservation of Production Inputs – Water and Environmental Management’ categories
The Environmental Management category of the Fritz Müller Award, which honors the main projects and works in the environmental area in Santa Catarina, was given to Portonave in recognition of its Environmental Management System.
The Water category was won by Iceport for its efforts to conserving water and the rivers through a system that collects up to 265,000 liters daily of rainwater and water from defrosting of the cold chamber.
- November 2009 – Being Human (Ser Humano) Award, ABRH – Santa Catarina
For its social responsibility project called ‘Portonave for All’, the Terminal received the Ser Humano Award from the Brazilian Association of Water Resources (ABRH), which honors organizations that have made important contributions to society and their employees, fostering human development and the organization’s growth.
- November 2009 – Commendation from the Legislative Assembly of Santa Catarina
State legislators of Santa Catarina highlighted the efficiency, entrepreneurship and importance of Portonave’s social programs by conferring on it the Legislative Assembly’s Commendation of Merit at a ceremony held at the state legislative assembly. Portonave was nominated for the honor by state deputy Adherbal Deba Cabral.
- July 2010 – Corporate Citizen (Empresa Cidadã) Award – ADVB-SC
On July 8, Portonave received the 2010 Empresa Cidadã ADVB-SC award in the “Community Participation” category for its “Portonave of All: joining hands for social responsibility” program that involves initiatives in the community of Navegantes and the surrounding region.
- August 2010 – Expressão de Ecologia Award – Environmental Management
On August 27, the Port Terminal of Navegantes received the Green Wave award in the Environmental Management category for its “Portonave: Commitment to the Environment” program. The award is given by the publishing house Expressão to companies and initiatives that have made significant contribution to the environment.