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About Oceans, Environment and Actions


Bruno Tavares – Vice President of São Paulo Pilots

A recent study published in Nature Climate Change brings a frightening reality. Greenland ice losses continue at alarming rates and will contribute about 30 centimeters to global average sea level rise by 2100, regardless of the magnitude of cuts in greenhouse gas emissions over the period. The study did not determine a timeframe for melting and sea level rise, but according to the authors this situation could occur between now and the year 2100′.


It seems distant from our reality, but it is not. São Paulo Pilotage follows the global situation with concern and always with an eye toward sustainability in its operations, seeking to play its part in this delicate equation between nature and the abuses committed.


Since 2015, we have been constantly looking at the 17 Sustainable Development Goals created by the UN that address the main challenges in Brazil and in the world. 


Two goals, mainly the 13th and 14th, are especially linked to our activity: Action against global climate change, adopting urgent measures to combat climate change and its impacts; Life in the water, aiming to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.


Our work is not solitary, we work with several partners in the Ports of Santos and São Sebastião and we know the importance of actions and shared experiences for a better future.


We have studied the issue of the Economy of the Sea a lot and our idea is to hold a broad debate in 2023 clarifying its potential, a topic that is still unknown and at the same time essential for our ports. Data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reveal that this sector worldwide should reach a turnover of US$ 3 trillion by 2030.


The world is changing and now the difference in dealing with nature has become a bargaining chip. Studies da EY Parthenon  show that in 2025, consumers will opt for products or services that are less harmful to the environment, human health and society. What's more, 90% of global institutional investors review investments if companies do not consider ESG criteria in their business model. 


ESG concepts - environmental, social and corporate governance - are transformative and permanent. They are being applied in our daily actions on land and water and I am very pleased to see how companies in our region are adhering to them. And there is still much more to contribute.


Santos is a complex port and what applies to other ports in the world cannot be applied here. Ships will get bigger and heavier. We are increasing our efficiency and productivity to keep up with the times, without forgetting our commitment to sustainability.


We use technology in real time to reduce risks and provide greater predictability for safe maneuvers in the Port of Santos channel. The increase in vessel dimensions and drafts naturally lead to an increase in the risk involved. We change paradigms in our operations, but always respecting rules and limitations.


We have been looking for new technological solutions optimizing pilotage operations, with strict control of the space and time available to make a simultaneous maneuver, turn or crossing of ships by ships, crossing the various parameters and accompanying the positions and external factors to enable their carried out safely and efficiently.

In all maneuvers of crossings with special ships or paired maneuvers, we consider critical events, in which the timing, speeds and punctuality in each stage of the maneuver are fundamental, due to the complexity of coexisting two giant ships in the same restricted space, with potential interaction hydrodynamics involved. It is a challenge and we have been preparing for years to face it.

Our Traffic Coordination, Communications and Operations Center (C3OT) is fully equipped to guarantee information in real time. The scenario in which technology meets the expertise of pilots is always evolving so that Pilotage in São Paulo continues to offer the best work, with safety and productivity, in line with the demands of a globalized world and in search of harmony with nature.

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