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A Positive Outcome for SAAM Terminals’ Third Port Meeting in Antofagasta


More than 90 union leaders from SAAM Terminals’ multipurpose ports in Chile (Iquique, Antofagasta, San Antonio and San Vicente) met at the Third Port Meeting on June 25 and 26. Hosted by Antofagasta Terminal Internacional (ATI), this meeting was an opportunity for reflection and dialogue on the industry’s future and the sector’s challenges.

“At this third meeting, we reaffirmed our commitment to creating a safe and healthy work environment, making progress on occupational health plans, and promoting professional growth through training programs and personalized training in order to improve our service and meet customer needs,” said SAAM Terminals CEO, Mauricio Carrasco.

Regional Governor Ricardo Díaz, Antofagasta’s Regional Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare Camila Cortés, and the General Manager at Empresa Portuaria de Antofagasta Carlos Escobar attended the opening ceremony. Maritime Governor Domingo Hormazábal and Port Captain Alfredo Acevedo represented the Navy.

CEIM Manager and Chairman of Fundación Minera Escondida José Antonio Díaz and SQM Lithium Supply Chain Manager Germán Pérez participated in the “How does the port business generate value for customers?” panel discussion. They highlighted the role of ports as a strategic ally for developing economic activity and the importance of their productive performance and sustainable actions. They also highlighted the value of ongoing employee training and progress on including women in training courses on machinery and mobile equipment.

“We are a very important link in all our customers’ logistics chains. Hearing their needs first-hand is the best way to support them,” said ATI’s General Manager, Juan Pablo Santibáñez.

In another important intervention, the union leaders presented their perspectives on labor challenges. The meeting also included team building and recreational activities.

“These meetings bring us into contact with each port’s expectations. They explain what we lack and what we have to spare. We are getting involved in what we want for our customers and continuing to earn their trust in our service,” said SVTI union leader Carlos Contreras. ATI union leader Marilyn Basay remarked on increased female participation: “We are confident in our capacity to develop, which makes it possible to empower female talent in each port operation.”

The last day of meetings began with a People Growth panel led by SAAM Terminals’ Senior Talent Manager, Milton Flores, and SVTI team members Daniela Cárdenas and Natalia Araya. They presented the process of implementing the company’s recently announced training simulator.

The event closed with a visit to the Industrial and Mining Training Center (CEIM) and a tour of ATI.