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» CASE STUDY: PUERTO ARICA Arica: Meeting the Challenges Presented by Innovation and the Environment O ne of the main challenges Puerto Arica has faced in recent years has been the generation of an environmentally sustainable development policy, ending a historic period of contamination left behind by the inadequate management of concentrated minerals that did not meet the minimum standards required in today’s day and age. The work performed by Portuaria Arica Company directors, in unison with its workers, beginning in 2005, shows concrete figures, projects and initiatives that place Puerto Arica as an undisputed leader in matters of the environment. One of the primary accomplishments in the business of the environment for Francisco Javier González Silva, chairman of the board of Puerto Arica, was receiving the Green Company Award in 2010, which validated the port’s position as a Green Port, the first of its kind in the category for the country of Chile. More than $9 million has been invested between the construction of airtight containers for the collection of minerals, transportation strips and paving of more than 90 percent of the terminal in an effort to maintain these standards, making Puerto Arica one of a select few in all of Latin America in this condition. 50 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE As a continuation of his efforts in environmental protection, González Silva noted that in 2012, Puerto Arica launched an initiative – among the first in Latin America – to measure the port’s carbon footprint, allowing it to take the necessary actions to mitigate the impact generated by the port’s operations on its workers and the environment. “We are extremely proud of the work performed to date, particularly in light of the fact that we have responded to the concerns of the community. Energy and environmental variables are taken into account in every one of our projects as a matter of our commitment to the cause. Additionally, we currently count on lighting through solar energy, allowing us to produce up to a 60 percent energy savings. This is the way we wish to continue generating sustainable and ecological growth at Arica,” González Silva said. Following the green footprint, Puerto Arica has begun working on its water mediation footprint, allowing it to better understand its overall impact on the environment and to take concrete, preventative mitigation actions. One of the major steps taken by Puerto Arica in recent years was the remediation and rehabilitation of the railroad from Arica to La Paz, which included the removal of all contaminated material present throughout the 206 kilometer stretch; all material was securely deposited at the former Puquios Station. This task, which in turn signified the elimination of contaminants through populated areas adjacent to the tracks, highlights one of the most significant and important developments in the regional community. ●

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Fall 2013

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
LNG Poised for Dramatic Growth
Harnessing Wind Power
XXII Latin American Ports Congress Welcomes the World
Energy Policies Taking Hold
Environmental Certifications Offer Tangible Benefits
A Good Neighbor
AAPA to Honor 26 Ports for Communications at 102nd Convention
New Rules for Marine Engines Reduce Port Emissions
Marine-Based Renewable Energy Creating Opportunities on a Global Scale
Curb Energy Costs to Boost Profits, Maintain Competitiveness
Considerations When Evaluating Alternative Power Sources from an Air Perspective
Halifax to Implement Shore Power for 2014 Cruise Season
Aruba Creates Port-Funded Mangrove Reforestation Project
Arica: Meeting the Challenges Presented by Innovation and the Environment
FPL to Build Next Generation Energy Center at Port Everglades
Index of Advertisers

Seaports Magazine - Fall 2013