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Admirable New Ports


Bruno Tavares – Vice President of São Paulo Pilotage

Despite all the inconvenience and insecurity that Covid-19 has brought to the port sector, there is an important positive side that deserves reflection: companies have accelerated their digitalization processes by at least three years, technology has brought greater agility to activities and for a huge range of innovation emerging in various corners of the world to transform port logistics. 

Companies realized that, regardless of the online, face-to-face or hybrid model, they have to do their part and redesign the work, seeking new business models to serve more and better.

The pandemic demanded a major transformation in the area of innovation in Brazilian ports during that year. Many managed to automate procedures, ease the workload of employees, reduce time in operations and invest in technology.

A good example comes from Praticagem do Brasil, which has just inaugurated a world-class simulation center in Brasília, which incorporates several engineering facilities for evaluating waterway and port projects, in addition to resources for training pilots. The space was implemented in partnership with the Numerical Proof Tank of the University of São Paulo (TPN-USP), an international reference in this type of technology, expanding the safety margin for maneuvers.

And the brave new world offers more, much more. We have IoT technology, a tool successfully implemented in several terminals, revealing that through the Internet of Things many logistical processes within ports have been automated, bringing speed of information and agility in the release of goods, as is the case in the Port of Santos._cc781905- 5cde-3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_

Another highlight was the use of augmented reality as a port technology, effective for visual support for ships, with accurate data to divert from other vessels. 

Another surprising technology is DP World's BoxBay storage system in Jebel Ali Port. It is considered the first innovative technology that will transform the potential for the future design of ports and terminals around the world, enabling container storage and accommodation projects.

At the forefront of the changes, and beyond technology, there is a need to include the sustainability theme in all actions. A journey guided by environmental policy must be focused, constant, with well-defined objectives and concrete actions. We all want a more sustainable world to ensure a better future.

We, from São Paulo Pilotage, are committed to increasingly making our company an example. We adopted the Environmental Management Program (VGP) of the Via Green Institute to contribute to the fight against climate change and the first results in that year are encouraging.

800 liters of rainwater were collected at headquarters, 3600 liters in the maritime sector and 2 thousand liters at the shipyard. When capturing photovoltaic solar energy at our shipyard, the solar installer (52 panels) has an estimated annual generation capacity of 28kWh and the objective is to reduce our electricity bill by 100%.

We also installed electric motors in four of our bar boats and the forecast is to replace three more bar boats and five motor boats in the coming years, with a reduction in gas emissions and savings of around 10%.

For this reason, in our activity, we will continue to invest, in practice, in expanding the ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) concept with our collaborators, employees, partner companies and the port sector in general. Environmental protection and management go hand in hand. This is the great innovation of these new times.

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