The environmental management in the containers repair companies for the maritime transport area.
Article of Arantxa Ivars, Quality and Environment Department responsible, published in Valencia Maritima and in October the 27th of 2004.
Arantxa Ivars, 27/10/2004

Citizens’ environmental sensibility raises more and more everyday, and so does the demand of a bigger quality at the port areas and its urban surroundings.

The interest in the environment care is not a recent issue (by the 19th century, England set up the first laws about pollution and wastes), but actually, in the last few years, many treatises and rules that regulate and control the human impact into the environment, at the industrial side overcoat, have proliferated.

Nowadays there is in Europe an extensive legislation about the matter, which, as it is being of compulsory transposition to the member countries, affects Spain. These laws try to manage those companies and organizations, which might damage in anyway the environment.

Either due to own conviction or due to the pressure from the public opinion or the legislation, industrial and management activities must incorporate clean technologies and avoid the environmental damage.

Our port community, cannot lag behind and must carry out this environmental demand by means of the unavoidable fulfilling of the legislative requirements that are part of the present legislation, as well as the integration into its processes of a management system that enacts proper environmental actions in all the company’s areas.

Identifying, analysing risks and preventing, is always more economical than resolving the negative consequences of an environmental aggression.

The products we import are identified, researched, testified and dispatched as soon as they reach our port. However we are not very demanding when we get our container back, once it has been emptied at the department stores of the goods recipient.

We often come across unknown leftovers managed by inexperienced hands at the treatment of wastes that are not allowed o manage it, this fact almost always turns out to be an aggression to our environment.

A more important issue to worry about is the empty containers sited in our port, which come from, either the countries that pretend not to know about the problem or countries that do not even know the existence of this matter.

Anyway, wastes turn up as they were “undocumented”, we know nothing about its origin, and even less about its condition.

The lack of information, often leads to inappropriate cleanings of the inside of the container, regarding the kind of good that have been transported. This circumstance might alter the future loads.

We might wonder what to suffer unnecessary risks for. “Preventing is more effective than resolving”. Why do not we accept a consensual solution so then we could avoid environmental damage and, by the way, administrative and criminal punishments because of failing the legislation (Environment, RID, ADR, employees’ safety…)?.
It is enough for us to want to do things in a proper way, since the problem’s solution is an easy one.

Firstly, we need to be aware of the problem in order to set down the necessary control systems into our companies. Secondly, information about the wastes must be given to those who will handle them.

Environment must be considered as a “public property” the whole society should be concerned about.