Modernity and Technology

Keeping Valparaiso’s Port competitiveness

In the competitive environment of port industry in the region, TPS made significant efforts in designing and implementing continuous improvement projects for operation and service to our customers. The main challenges are part of development and improvement of technology platforms that enable the optimization of operational, administrative and document tasks, delivering better solutions.

During 2012, 14 projects related to information technologies were developed. In addition to that, a dredging process was completed; an infrastructural project that allowed to widen the depth of sites 1, 2, and 3 up to 14.5 meters depth each, allowing the docking of ultimate full container ships.

As for projects promoted by our Commercial Management, we highlight the implementation of the Letter of Temperature and the second stage of Electronic Payment Platform, which enables the registration of indirect removal containers and details associated to payment services. Both platforms are tools that accelerate document procedures, remaining closely aligned with our strategy of a paperless port. In the same area, in November 2012 TPS became the first terminal of Chile to implement Electronic Manifest through a communication protocol with the National Customs Service.

Our Operation Department implemented the first stage of monitoring of reefer containers and increased the number of CCTV security cameras. The first project improves the control of refrigerated loads, delivering real-time information about container status. The addition of CCTV cameras goes hand in hand with the high standards of operational safety and security within the terminal in order to protect the integrity of our clients' assets. We underline the first measurement of Carbon Footprint in our terminal, in order to develop initiatives to control and reduce CO2 emissions from sources depending on our operations.

The Finance and Administration team conducted a survey of all processes related to settlement and billing of vessels with the objective of improving and implementing a modern and secure platform. Personnel Management area promoted and adopted the draft of electronic naming, which seeks to standardize parameters of human resource allocation.

In the area of infrastructure, 2012 was particularly marked by the signing of the contract with Empresa Portuaria de Valparaiso (EPV) allowing us to expand berth No. 1. This project consists of an extension of 74.5 miles from the berth to adapt our capacity against the increased size of vessels.

This growing portfolio of projects, along with the need for centralized management of these led to the creation of "TPS Project Management" (October 2012), an area focused on evaluating and providing assistance to needs and initiatives from the different areas of TPS.