SNPSI assures safe port operations; AFAB backs mitigation measures

MARIVELES – Seasia Nectar Port Services, Inc. (SNPSI), in cooperation with the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB), has vowed to ensure that all of its operations will not be detrimental to the health and safety of the local community that hosts its Mariveles Dry Bulk Terminal.

In line with the recent discussions with the AFAB Administration and the local government unit (LGU) of Mariveles, SNPSI invited the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau of Region III (DENR-EMB R3) to conduct site inspection at its Mariveles Dry Bulk Terminal.

“The Authority wants to assure that the operation of our locators would benefit the people in the hometown of the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB). Thus we are one with SNPSI in ensuring that the port operations will not cause health problems and environmental issues,” AFAB Chairman and Administrator Emmanuel D. Pineda said.

SNPSI Safety Officer Arnold Bravo noted that before the DENR inspection, the company already implemented mitigation measures to prevent air and water pollution and minimize dust contamination.

“We monitor sea and wind conditions regularly and adjust operations accordingly to minimize negative effects. This will help in ensuring that the operations inside the port will not have negative effects to the people living in the communities of Brgy. Baseco and Brgy. Sisiman,” SNPSI Chairman Ramon Atayde said in a letter addressed to the AFAB.

“We also carry out regular air and water pollution tests in cooperation with the authorities. We also monitor results and take action when necessary to keep the pollution levels within the allowed limits,” the SNPSI chairman added.

Moreover, Mr. Atayde also stressed that SNPSI will conduct annual medical missions for the community of Baseco and Sisiman. This year, the medical missions are set in the months of June and July.

Meanwhile, SNPSI is set to plant eucalyptus trees along the perimeter of Mariveles Terminal to mitigate the effects of dust being windblown toward the populated area within the port vicinity. As required by the DENR-EMB R3, the company will also complete its misting system and blowers.

SNPSI is also set to submit monthly reports to DENR-EMB regarding issues raised by the local community.

According to SNPSI, the following action plans are also being implemented regularly at the site of the port:

1. Regular air and water pollution tests in coordination with DENR and the local government
2. Regular monitoring of sea and wind conditions to minimize negative effects
3. Regular cleaning of stockyard patios to eliminate dust contamination
4. Marking of roadways for truck traffic using the terminal
5. Regular spraying of roadways with water using water tankers to minimize dust contamination
6. Covering of stockpiles with tarpaulins
7. Training of crane drivers on discharge operations to minimize dust contamination
8. Discharge hoppers are being equipped with misting system, which captures the dust generated during the discharge operation
9. Washing of trucks leaving the terminal to eliminate any dust contamination outside the terminal
10. Conducting of regular medical mission for the residents of Brgy. Sisiman and Brgy. Baseco.

SNPSI Chairman Atayde clarified that the port is built and operated according to the international health, safety and environmental standards of clients.

“We will ensure that the facility will meet the clients’ standards and employ efficient and proper cargo handling methods to avoid any impact to the environment,” he stressed.

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