Safety is priority one.

Ports America is committed to providing a safe environment for employees, contractors and visitors at every facility. Our safety policies are based on the concept of Zero Harm—with absolutely no tolerance of unsafe conditions or behaviors. We believe:

  • All accidents and injuries are preventable.
  • No environmental damage is acceptable.
  • Nothing is more valuable than the health and safety of our employees.

Our safety management system integrates visible leadership by senior management, written safety standards, exemplary environmental procedures, and continuous safety improvements. And our innovative SAFE PORTS program (Safe Actions for Everyone—Practice, Observe, Remember, Think, Safety) reinforces our safety priorities, incorporating four vital elements:

  • Leadership
  • Safety standards (for pedestrians, mobile equipment, working at heights, load handling and contractor management)
  • Behavior and supervision
  • Support and services

Ports America has achieved numerous industry recognized safety awards.

Ports America Chesapeake (PAC)
Ports America Chesapeake (PAC)
  • The National Safety Council recognized PAC with its Significant Improvement Award and Occupational Excellence Achievement Award for 2020
Port of New York and New Jersey
Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT)
  • New York Shipping Association’s 2018 safety award for Lowest Lost Time Accident Frequency in Group A (terminals with over 1 million man hours in 2018)
Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) Area Coast Accident Prevention Commitee Safety Award
Coast Awards:
  • 2nd Place: Group A (400,000 or more man-hours) Ports America LA/LB (WBCT)
Local Awards:
  • Stevedoring Companies Group B: Port Hueneme
  • Local Area Reduction Award: Port Hueneme
  • Most Improved Award: Port Hueneme