Port of Klaipėda
Port of Klaipėda
With the changing requirements of legal acts and regulations, and with the emerging deficit of workforce, employees are stepping up their requirements to employers. This entails restructuring the Company’s internal systems of management by searching for the ways to create and manage working environment both safe and favourable to occupational health of employees. In 2008, the Company, with these objectives in mind, developed and certified the Occupational Safety and Health Management System in accordance with the requirements of the international standard OHSAS 18001:2007. The Occupational Safety and Health Management System makes it possible for the Company to control risk factors to the maximum precise extent, to promptly respond to changes, and to involve employees in the process of improvement of the working environment.
Certificate OHSAS 18001:2007 was approved in 2008, and in 2010 and 2013 it was renewed with effectiveness term expiring on 08-08-2016.
The Occupational Safety and Health Management System supervision and certification audits are conducted by the auditors of LRQA Lietuva, UAB, the Lithuanian registered subsidiary of the United Kingdom Lloyd‘s Register Quality Assurance Ltd.
The Company respects, holds in esteem and cherishes the city, which life and maritime business have been interlinked by centennial cultural traditions. As a token of appreciation of this link, we make ongoing investments into environment and human safety facilities, and make every effort to prevent our operations causing any discomfort to the people living in the vicinity of the Company. An information booklet has been published for the public which gives information on the activities and operations going on at the Company, their specific character and possible hazards.
The Company operates stevedoring activities alongside quays 4-18 of the northern section of the Klaipeda State Seaport. The company Krovinių terminalas (Cargo Terminal) UAB is situated northwards from the Company’s territory, and to the south the company Laivitė, AB is established. The eastern part of the Company’s territory borders on the streets Naujoji Uosto, Uosto, Švyturio and Pušyno.
The Company pursues handling of various types of cargo, including agricultural products, bulk and liquid fertilizers, frozen foodstuffs, metal billets, etc.
Cargo is brought on ships, railroad cars, and motor vehicles. Then cargo is unloaded onto open-air storage grounds and enclosed/covered warehouses, and containers, or is unloaded directly from ships onto railroad cars, motor vehicles or in the opposite procedure. Depending upon characteristics and properties of materials, handling of cargo is carried out either in closed or open procedure.
Due to the activities involving handling of ammonium nitrate (German saltpetre) (Hazard Class 5.1), KLASCO is classified as an object of hazard level 2.
Ammonium nitrate (German saltpetre) represents one of the commonest fertilizers, which is widely used in farming all over the world. Because of the chemical properties of ammonium nitrate, mixing of this fertilizer with flammable substances, oils or diesel fuels may result in explosion. People who are in an open space within 368 metre distance from an explosion source may suffer damages and injuries of varying degree in the event of explosion. The housing situated next to the territory of the Company may sustain only a slight damage.
KLASCO handles only such ammonium nitrate which is packed in big bags. For the purpose of risk assessment and emergency actions in the event of incident the Company has developed the Safety Report and Internal Emergency Plan. The risk analysis contained in the Company’s Safety Report has established that explosion probability is minimal.
Emergency personnel and population warning scheme in case of an industrial accident has been developed by KLASCO, also, responsible persons in charge of giving warning and alert notices to the Municipality (local government) of Klaipeda, population and public at large, governmental authorities and institutions have been appointed.
Alarm signal in case of an industrial accident may be given by alarm siren, telephone, wireless network (radio station Laluna), through loudspeakers equipped on special service vehicles.
When receiving emergency alert or warning on the occurrence of an industrial accident through sound communication, population must remain inside and close (still better seal) front and outer doors, windows, air holes and vents; then wait for further information or for the arrival of special services.
If there is suspicion of air pollution, one should protect respiratory organs: put on gauze or cotton wool bandage or water soaked towel on the mouth and nose. In case of contact of chemical substances with skin – wash thoroughly with water and soap, if eyes have been exposed, immediately wash thoroughly with water. Seek medical attention if necessary.
If an instruction (suggestion) to leave home on a temporary basis has been given, one should switch off gas, heating appliances and equipment, and electric power sources.
When leaving the polluted area, one should move windward (upwind) (if the wind blows from the direction other than from the accident area), and only in open spaces by avoiding any hollows, enclosed courtyards, narrow streets, and thickly grown brushwood areas. Do not run, walk at normal speed.
The Safety Report and Internal Emergency Plan of KLASCO, which contain extensive information on the hazards arising from the activities of a stevedoring company, on emergency warning and alert system and emergency procedures and response measures, is available for familiarization at the Production Management Department, phone 399414, daily or at the Occupational Safety Department, phone (+370 46) 399564, on Wednesdays, from 10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
In addition, for more information contact KLASCO chief dispatcher on shift by phone (+370 46) 399482 (24 hours a day), or Mr. Edmundas Norvaiša, Head of KLASCO Occupational Safety Department, by phone (+370 46) 399564 (working hours from 08:00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.).
The Emergency Response Plan of Klaipeda City Municipality is available at the Civil Safety Department of Klaipeda City Municipality (Šaulių str. 34, phone (+370 46) 310675).