‘School Boat’ brings information about the Port of Santos to children of Diana Island

Embraport, one of Brazil’s biggest and most modern private port terminals, situated on the left bank of the Port of Santos in São Paulo, hosted the “School Boat” activity on Friday, January 23. The initiative is part of the agenda of the ninth Ecoférias Program, which is held in January.


During the program, which lasted an hour and a half, children aged between 3 and 16 traveled along the Port of Santos canal on a catamaran to learn more about the flora and fauna and the mangroves that make up the region’s ecosystem. A biologist was hired to conduct the activities, who explained in detail each step of the tour.

The children also had the opportunity to learn more about the history of the Port and its importance to the development of Brazil.

Jeová Ferreira Cardoso Junior, Asset Security, Workplace Safety, Environment & Quality Manager, points out that Embraport’s initiative is aimed at raising awareness about sustainability among younger generations. “The future of the Port of Santos is in the hands of young generations, which is why we must raise their awareness about preserving it,” he says.

About Ecoférias

Ecoférias is an Environmental Education Program conducted by Embraport on Diana Island since 2011, always in January and July during school breaks.

The initiative is targeted at children and teenagers from the local community, and provides them with environmental education by promoting new habits and raising awareness about the rational use of natural resources and the adequate disposal of household waste, and by valuing the island’s environmental heritage as a tourist attraction.

In this ninth edition, the program packs 36 hours of ecological activities on the following topics: “Conservation and preservation of species,” “Natural heritage Diana Island,” “Port of Santos” and “Health and sports.”

Another new feature in this year’s edition was the participation by Embraport employees, who had signed up for the Volunteer Program, in the activities by helping to distribute materials, taking photographs and distributing snacks, besides sharing their professional experiences with the participants.

About Embraport

Embraport (Empresa Brasileira de Terminais Portuários) operates Brazil’s newest private port terminal, situated on the left bank of the Port of Santos in São Paulo. With total investments of around R$ 2.3 billion, it has helped create more than 700 direct and 1,500 indirect jobs. Its shareholders are Odebrecht TransPort and DP World. Strategically located on an area accessible by sea, road and rail, the project in its first phase includes 653 meters of docks, 207,000 m2 of patio space and annual container handling capacity of 1.2 million TEUs (unit equivalent to a 20-foot container).

For more information, visit www.terminalembraport.com.br.

January 2015

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