THE WELFARE COMMITTEE OF THE PORT OF VIGO, A NOMINEE FOR THE IAPH SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS

Aug 21, 2023, 3:00:00 PM

THE WELFARE COMMITTEE OF THE PORT OF VIGO, A NOMINEE FOR THE IAPH SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS
  • Promoting inclusion and well-being for maritime workers
  • The Port Authority once again vies for the coveted Port Oscars in the 'Community Building' category alongside Stella Maris.
  • The promoters of the Port Welfare Committee aim to extend this initiative worldwide through the FAO's Blue Fishing Ports project.

The Port of Vigo has been preselected for the Port Oscars granted by the International Association of Ports (IAPH), winners to be announced at the World Ports Conference in Abu Dhabi from October 31 to November 2.

Having previously won this prestigious award twice, in 2020 and 2022, for its underwater gardens and Living Ports projects, led by Carlos Botana Lagarón, the institution will now enter its Port Welfare Committee alongside Stella Maris in the 'Community Building' category. A meeting place fostering fluid dialogue and solutions for the numerous challenges faced by maritime workers.

This initiative aims to coordinate public and private entities in Vigo's maritime and port sector to emphasize the human factor, ensure proper welfare services for sailors, address potential human and social issues, and foster collaboration to confront challenges during sailors' port stays.

In recent months, the Port of Vigo and Stella Maris have led various actions promoting inclusion and well-being among maritime workers, ranging from training in best port practices - in collaboration with the FAO - to port assistance, emotional support, legal guidance, and recreational activities.

A Beacon to Follow

The Port Welfare Committee of Vigo, a project led by the Port Authority and Stella Maris, involving various entities, stands as a benchmark in Galicia and the Atlantic and Cantabrian coasts. Its replicability and scalability make it a model for other international ports.

With an aim to enhance inclusion and diversity, the Vigo Port Authority and Stella Maris aspire to create similar committees worldwide, fostering an environment of respect, cooperation, and innovation in the maritime sphere through the FAO's Blue Ports network.

Humanization and Inclusion

The Port Welfare Committee aligns with the Blue Growth strategy led by the Vigo Port Authority since 2016, underlining its steadfast commitment to humanization and inclusion. The Port of Vigo, a vital regional and international maritime hub, renowned for its economic significance and capacity to welcome thousands annually, not only drives the economy but also enriches the city's multicultural fabric. It's imperative to not only promote competitiveness and sustainability but also cultivate an inclusive environment that embraces diversity, equal opportunities, and social cohesion among those connected to the sea.

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