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PALMETTO, Fla. – Underscoring the importance of health and safety in Port Manatee operations, a committee of executives of Montréal-based stevedore and terminal operator Logistec Corp. meets today [Tuesday, April 5] at the Manatee County seaport.
The full-day agenda features a health and safety audit and includes on-site presentations and a facility visit, as well as a formal meeting of Logistec’s Health, Safety and Environment Committee.
“We believe that all accidents and injuries are preventable with the appropriate culture, mindsets, skill sets and systems,” said Madeleine Paquin, Logistec’s president and chief executive officer. “Logistec’s commitment includes respecting and exceeding applicable laws and regulations across every organizational level and in all of Logistec’s activities.”
Paquin is one of seven members of Logistec’s senior management team serving on the committee. Under a companywide initiative begun in 2015, the committee is performing audits and furnishing recommendations at each port at which Logistec conducts business.
At Port Manatee, Logistec operations on behalf of shippers include handling of containerized and palletized fresh produce and other cargos with mobile harbor cranes and additional specialty equipment.
In February, Logistec announced that its Port Manatee operations received Food Safety Management Systems certification from PrimusGFS, recognizing its state-of-the-industry inventory systems and experienced management of large volumes of perishables.
“As we welcome members of Logistec’s management team here at Port Manatee, we commend them on this important certification and applaud their dedication to continually improving the health and safety of their employees and site visitors,” said Betsy Benac, who chairs the Manatee County Port Authority. “Logistec always goes beyond compliance requirements in its efforts to prevent accidents and injuries at the port.”
Located “Where Tampa Bay Meets the Gulf of Mexico,” Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanding Panama Canal, serving bulk, breakbulk, container, heavylift, project and general cargo customers. The port generates more than $2.3 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, while supporting more than 24,000 jobs regionally, without the benefit of ad-valorem taxes.
During a health and safety meeting at Port Manatee, from left, Madeleine Paquin, president and chief executive officer of Logistec Corp., meets with Carlos Buqueras, executive director of Port Manatee and Betsy Benac, chairwoman of the Manatee County Port Authority.