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.

Port of New York and New Jersey
Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT)
  • 2016 safety award for both Lowest Lost Time Accident Frequency and the Greatest Reduction in Lost Time Accident Frequency for Group B (those terminals with more than 1 millions man hours)
  • NJ Governor's industrial Safety Council award for deuction of Lost Time injuries for the second year in a row
Port Newark Auto Terminal (PNAT)
  • 2016 safety award for both Lowest Lost Time Accident Frequency and the Greatest Reduction in Lost Time Accident Frequency for Group B (those terminals with more than 1 millions man hours). In addition, PNAT record zero LTI's in 2016
Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) Area Coast Accident Prevention Commitee Safety Award
Ports America in Los Angeles
  • Second place in PMA's 2016 Coast Accident Prevention Stevedoring Awards for Group A (400,000 or more man-hours)
Ports America in Vancouver
  • PMA's Oregon Area Safety Award for Reduction in Injury Rate for 2016, as well as 1st place for the Pacific Northwest Area (Group B Stevedore) and Accident Prevention (Group B Stevedore)