Every year, TCP conducts technical visits for the armed forces to get to know the port structure.
On Thursday (25), 112 students from the Brazilian Army Officer Training School, based in Rio de Janeiro, participated in a technical visit at TCP (Paranaguá Container Terminal). This is the second time that the institution gets to know the structure and logistics of the terminal. Every year, TCP conducts technical visits for the armed forces, from different regions of the country, to get to know the company’s logistics structure.
Before the visit, a team from the school went to TCP, in March this year, to reconnoiter the region, understand the tour protocols and align the logistical details of the visit. After this inspection, the official date for the visit was set.
The officers performed the same route taken by the Army team during the inspection flow of controlled cargo. The students visited the import warehouse, where the cargo is removed from the container and placed for inspection; the external inspection area, where the containers are inspected; and the side, where the cargo is loaded or unloaded onto the ship. The health, work safety, and environment manager, Kayo Zaiats, explains that “we present the emergency services, the safety standards, and how the inspection flow works”.
The Army is responsible for the control and authorization of several products in the Brazilian territory, such as: explosives and derivatives, chemical warfare agents, products of military interest, chemical elements with explosion risks, bomb-making charges, weapons of mass destruction, among others.
According to Zaiats, “the technical visit serves to strengthen our relations with the Army, which acts as an important regulating agent of all the war material that accesses the terminal. It is the Army that inspects the chemical cargoes controlled by the corporation, guaranteeing the safety of the port, which frequently receives this type of cargo.
According to Major Bertolino, commander of the logistics course at the Officer Improvement School, “the Brazilian Army, through the Army Logistic Support Base and Logistic Units in the south of the country, already performs some activities with TCP support, essential for the transportation of military-use materials. During this visit, the captains had the opportunity to get to know the capabilities of a cargo terminal and the intermodality of the logistics transport function.
Controlled Cargo Area
TCP has a special area destined for IMO cargo (considered dangerous cargo), corresponding to 7.056 m² of the terminal. This area has a leak containment and cargo segregation area. Of this space, 600 m² are dedicated exclusively to the storage of flammable cargo with a fire fighting system. TCP also has large forklifts with a CO2 fire suppression system, which smothers flames and prevents the spread of fires.