ShoreTension successful in reducing downtime in Puerto Ventanas, Chile
Jorge Oyarce, general manager of Puerto Ventanas, stated that “the meteorological conditions have generated a significant impact due to the swells that affect our port, its characteristic of an open port exposes us more rigorously to these conditions.” As he explained, “during 2018 the port was closed for 112 days due to storm surge and 93 days in 2019, while in 2020 there were 118 days of closed port”.
Oyarce added that “by implementing the ShoreTension system we continue to advance in our modernization plan and at the forefront of technology. Our flexibility allows us to adapt quickly to the challenges that our environment imposes on us, always putting safety first and constantly seeking to improve to provide a reliable and high-standard service for our clients”.
The General Director of the Maritime Territory and Merchant Marine, Admiral Ignacio Mardones, commented that “it is a great advance that will allow to greatly reduce the days of port closure and I appreciate that Puerto Ventanas is taking the measures to anticipate what is coming to future. It will allow the port to continue operating because of the security conditions that we as a maritime authority have to demand, ensuring both the safety of workers and the maritime industry in general”.
Along the same lines, the Director of Maritime Interests and Aquatic Environment, Rear Admiral Jorge Imhoff, stated that “climate change forces us to evolve and develop new technologies and I believe that Puerto Ventanas is in the right direction, implementing a new system to have greater availability of berths and putting the safety of its workers first”.