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» FEATURE LATIN AMERICA'S PROACTIVE APPROACH Inventive Ideas Increase Non-Container Productivity By Tom Hranac I n a region traditionally dependent on exporting commodities, depressed commodity prices, a stronger dollar and weaker global demand have caused an economic downturn in many parts of Latin America. Although it is not surprising that the region's ports may have difficulties maintaining their non-containerized cargoes in these conditions, the successful ports are increasing their productivity through investments in technology and infrastructure. Located in one of the most fertile agricultural regions of the world, the Pampas, the Port of Bahía Blanca in Argentina has a long history of specializing in the handling of bulk grains. The port has quickly taken advantage of the reopening of the Argentine commodity market, and in the first half of 2016, the port has already experienced a 43.3 percent increase in its bulk cargo traffic (5,018,207 tons) compared to the same time period last year, with considerable jumps noted in the movement of wheat (131 percent), barley (127 percent) and corn (67 percent). While easing of agricultural export tariffs can help to facilitate movement of goods, Valentín Moran, General Manager at Bahía Blanca, maintains that previous investments in technological updates and infrastructure cannot be overlooked when analyzing the port's recent productive success. "Higher productivity throughout the years has been accompanied by investments in loading equipment, automated systems, conveyor belts and latest generation scales. Above all, having a maritime traffic control system enables us to streamline and control the entry and exit of ships, providing safety and a better utilization 44 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE The Port of Santa Marta in Colombia is seeing considerable improvements in the average rate of productivity for bulk cargo. For example, coal is being loaded at 34,000 tons/day, up from about 4,000 tons/day. Photo by Hugo Vega of the calls at our port. It's also necessary to mention that the latest deepening and widening of our navigation channels has allowed us to attract deeper-draft vessels. The most important factors that will affect our productivity are rooted in improving logistics, related infrastructure and warehousing capacity, always within a hopeful context of growing volumes and markets," he said. Bahía Blanca's planning for increased productivity has already brought new investment to the port, with the announcement this past July 13 of a $15.4 million expansion of the grain bulk terminal operated by Louis Dreyfus Company, which is estimated to increase movement of grains through the terminal to 3 million tons per year. The same penchant for proactive investment is shared by the Port of Santa Marta on Colombia's Caribbean coast. Since the majority of the port's operational costs are budgeted by hour, Camilo George, Head of Communications at Santa Marta, recognizes that "without a doubt, new technologies will give us the possibility to continue reducing operational costs that affect our productivity in the future." However, increased productivity can only be achieved by a combined investment in both "modern technology and workforce training," George commented.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Fall 2016

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Seaports Congestion and Cargo Movements
The Future of Automation
Port Cooperation: In the Name of Productivity
Strategy at Seaports Is Key to Handling Capacity Challenges
Thinking Outside the Box: Productivity at Non-Container Ports
Latin America’s Proactive Approach
Cruise Port Productivity — Upgrading Infrastructure for a Growing Industry
Modernizing America’s Ports for the Next Generation
Thank You, Helen Delich Bentley
Working Together for Seamless Experiences
Optimizing Systems for Profitability
New Orleans Marketplace
Index of Advertisers
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Seaports Magazine - Fall 2016 - Working Together for Seamless Experiences
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