Security & Certifications

ISO 14001

Terminal Pacifico Sur Valparaiso is well aware that maritime-port activities have an impact on the environment. Taking into account their social responsibility to protect the environment, TPS has an outstanding performance in ISO 14001 Certification obtained for the first time in June 2002, where recurrent aspects have been environmental protection and quality of life of workers.

To achieve this certification, TPS had to comply with the requirements of ISO 14001 standard for Environmental Management. Its main elements are the definition of an environmental policy, diagnosis of current situation in relation to the environment, goal setting, goals, environmental management programs and emergency plans, regular inspection of the system through audit and implementation of procedures in order to control environmental impacts of operations.
In order for this project to be successful, the commitment of the company's personnel was essential. They had to train and participate actively in the standardization of different processes, forming committees and changing many habits that were not compatible with the new required standards.

Environmental Management System

In ISO 14001, Environmental Management System is defined as part of overall management system that includes organizational structure, planning activities, responsibilities, practices, procedures, processes and resources for developing, implementing, achieving, reviewing and maintaining environmental policy.

As shown in the figure below, Environmental Management System establishes a series of requirements which the organization should consider:

TPS has successfully implemented all procedures required by the standard and therefore remains within industry's highest standards in terms of environmental management.

TPS has successfully implemented all procedures required by the standard and therefore remains within industry's highest standards in terms of environmental management.

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OHSAS 18001

TPS obtained OHSAS 18001 Certification (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) in December 2003, by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc.).

By this, the company seeks to achieve higher levels of efficiency and safety in port related work.

OHSAS 18001 standards are a set of international standards related to management of occupational health and safety, holding as basis for its elaboration the British Standard BS8800 and its main complementary elements emanated from the European model of Health and Safety at Work and Product Safety (EU Framework Directive 89/391) and OHSAS series U.S. federal government 1970 OHSAS series.

These standards seek to ensure improving health and safety in the workplace through a systematic and structured management.

Some of the benefits to be gained by applying these standards OHSAS 18001 standards are:

  • Reduction in number of accidents in the workplace through prevention and risk control.
  • Reducing the risk of major accidents.
  • Ensure a well qualified and motivated workforce by meeting their job expectations.
  • Reduction of lost material due to accidents and undesired interruptions in production.
  • Integrating a management system which includes quality, environment, health and safety.
  • Ensuring compliance with the legislation.

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On May 18 of 2004, Terminal Pacifico Sur Valparaiso SA received from the General Directorate of Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine the ISPS certification (International Ship & Port Security Code), which has remained in effect without interruption.

TPS Valparaiso pioneered in the introduction of protective measures to international maritime trade being the first port in Chile and Latin America to obtain this certification.

This certification is part of the safety standards set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to ensure physical protection of passenger and cargo ships as well as port facilities.

The Port of Valparaíso continues steadily delivering supply chain protection, being consistent with international treaties, moving together through collaboration and engagement to maritime-port community, logistics and tourism.

The major requirements that entail implementation of the ISPS Code are related to international trade, a sensitive activity necessary to safeguard. Therefore, it is designed to provide a standardized, regulated and consistent structure in order to assess risks and identify measures to offset threats with changes in vulnerability for ships and port facilities.


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Operating Procedures

One of the challenges of Environmental Management and Occupational Health & Safety certification of TPS was to incorporate not only their employees, but also port workers of companies that perform tasks inside the Terminal.

We designed a procedure manual using different graphic elements (Infographics) to facilitate rapid understanding of ESOH (Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health) Operating Procedures. Procedures needed to be followed in various tasks related to maritime and port activity. A manual is handed to suppliers and customers as a way to of ensuring that environmental protection and safety measures are respected within the port terminal facilities.


Terminal Pacifico Sur Valparaiso SA's main role is operation, development and maintenance of berth Nº 1 at Valparaiso´s port. One of its objectives is the compliance of measures and protection procedures for shipping areas established under the ISPS Code in order to protect physical integrity and occupation health of all workers, as well as to protect sustainable development principles in its current and future operations, providing quality services consistent with the requirements and expectations of its customers.

Consequently, Terminal Pacifico Sur Valparaiso SA commits to:

Keeping up to date and complying with the provisions in the Port Facility Security Plan

Optimizing its integrated Environmental Management, Occupational Health and Safety System through a process of continuous improvement and teamwork.

Complying with all applicable laws and regulations concerning occupational safety and environmental protection.
Delivering necessary resources for implementation of this policy and its objectives.

Regular inspections of environmental impacts and occupational hazards of its operations, with an emphasis on pollution prevention and prevention of injuries and diseases caused directly by work.

Continuous training of employees to ensure their effective participation in the Integrated Management System.

Emphasizing the responsibility and permanent commitment of all workers in performing safely their activities and protecting the environment.

Acting with social responsibility towards the community, allowing our actions to contribute to the development of the city and all its inhabitants.

TPS' General Management ensures that this policy has its unconditional commitment. The policy is communicated and known by all members of the organization and it is reviewed periodically.

Francesco Schiaffino B., General Manager

March 2011

TPS implements Carbon Footprint Management

Valparaiso's Container Terminal did its first measurement of emissions of Greenhouse Gases (GHG) in its operations.

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TPS ended the first phase of a project by receiving the certificate that proves a correct implementation of the methodology for measuring Carbon Footprint designed to calculate, monitor and control GHGs. This project will allow the company to work on initiatives in order to reduce these emissions in its operations and in operations they conduct with external companies within its concession area of the Port of Valparaíso.

The certificate of compliance was issued by ABS Quality Evaluations Inc. after a verification audit was conducted in the main terminal port of Valparaiso within the framework of a process begun last year at TPS. As Francesco Schiaffino, TPS' General Manager: "Global warming has become an increasingly recurring international issue, this is why our company took this step towards a Greenhouse Gas Emission Control Policy ".

The first stage of the project was to define and quantify sources of emissions. This stage was executed in late 2012 with assistance from Ultramar Consultores Portuarios (UCP), using international methodologies such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHP) and World Ports Climate Initiative (WPCI). During this stage, TPS registered emissions from their main emission sources, as well as other parties involved in the value chain of the port.

The second stage aims to establish reduction and mitigation measures, a process that started its development this year. It considers both direct emissions arising from operations at the terminal and third parties operations. In addition, new energy saving policies will arise that will help raise awareness and reduce consumption.

Sources of emissions

The measurements done during the first part of the study showed that only 17% of emissions corresponds to direct sources under the control of TPS and 14% of emissions are related to electricity consumption, while the remaining 69% correspond to indirect sources involved in port value chain.

The physical limit of measurement was 16 acres licensed to TPS and additionally 0.9 miles path traveled by vessels when docking and leaving the port, up to the point where goods are loaded and unloaded. It also included 5.9 miles path done by trucks from the Logistic Support Extension Zone (ZEAL) to the port.

"This first measurement of Carbon Footprint has provided us the necessary tools to plan an active management of environmental care. During this year, we will focus on evaluating and developing projects of identified improvements in order to achieve the objective of reducing CO2 emissions within the terminal. Our efforts will be focused on reducing emissions attributable to our equipments and third parties, because they represent a significant percentage of emissions accounted for. In this case, we will invite our suppliers, subcontractors and related parties to participate in this important process that will allow us to achieve better results.", said Francesco Schiaffino.

ProPyme Seal (Pro-SMEs Seal)

Over 400 Small and Medium Entrepreneurs are benefited with a 30 day payment policy.

Terminal Pacifico Sur Valparaiso (TPS) joined the group of Chilean companies that obtained ProPyme Seal, a certification which, in the case of TPS, results in direct benefit to 435 small and medium entrepreneurs who get their invoice payment within 30 days after receiving the documents. This equals to 63% of total port terminal providers, of which 252 companies are from Valparaiso.

TPS' General Manager, Francesco Schiaffino, pointed out that the company's financial policy states that all payments must be made within 30 days of reception, which applies equally to all suppliers, regardless of whether it is micro, small and medium entrepreneurs. "In order to make the decision to get certified, an analysis was performed of TPS' payment periods, incorporating 100% of our suppliers, ensuring that the overall compliance rate is close to 97%. This process began February 20th, after establishing contact with the Ministry Of Economy and Division of Smaller Size Businesses and later with the company responsible for certifying these procedures", said the executive.

He added that the certification obtained shows the economic contribution made by the terminal towards small and medium local enterprises, as in the case of the 435 companies that qualify as SMEs, the annual turnover exceeds 800 billion pesos (local currency), that is without including direct and indirect employment TPS gives inhabitants of the area as part of an activity that represents more than one third of the GDP of the commune.

"Now that we have established this payment discipline, it is important to maintain the certification being careful with internal processes associated with payment of invoices, being this a chain of events that begins at the moment of typing a Purchase Order, following different stages until it is delivered in Accounting Department for subsequent settlement of payment date. In order to endure doing so, we hope to have the support of all our suppliers, having enough time to emend all differences that may appear in the documentation, improving our trading relations and thus the entire value chain", said Francesco Schiaffino.