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São Luís Port becomes biggest in Brazil

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4/17/2015

São Luís Port becomes biggest in Brazil

View of Pier IV in São Luís
View of Pier IV in São Luís

The Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal in São Luís (MA), became the largest in Brazil in terms of cargo volume. The port achieved 112 million tons and this figure propelled the terminal to the top of the national ranking. This was achieved at the end of 2014 and was recently published in the National Waterway Transportation Agency's (ANTAQ) yearbook. The port in Tubarão, Vitória, also a port administered by Vale was second, exporting 109 million tons and third was the Port of Santos, handling 94 million tons.

Productivity is one of Vale's buzz words at the moment, and Vale's ports also performed well. The Ponta da Madeira Maritime Terminal topped the productivity charts as well as breaking other records last year. The port recorded a monthly shipment record of 11.4 million tons, in addition to a daily loading record of 626,000 tons, which was bettered in February this year with an impressive 642,000 tons.

Security is an anchor

For the director of Norte Port, Roberto Di Biase, these achievements emphasize the values that led us to them. "I enjoy this important recognition to reinforce something I believe in: you can only be productive in a safe working environment. Our safety record is very good and we must know that there is a strong relationship between our safe behavior and our good results and productivity."

In 2014, Norte Port had the lowest accident rate in the company, with zero accidents and also the lowest historical rate of absenteeism.

"This result was achieved with initiatives such as a behavioral development program, which made everyone begin to 'live and breathe' active genuine care," says occupational safety engineer Alisson Costa. She also highlights the strengthening of routine management, Planning and Health and Safety Controls (PCSS), combating fatalities and Preliminary Risk Analysis (PRA) as initiatives that made daily working safer.

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São Luís Port becomes biggest in Brazil