Carmen Patiño appointed as manager of Antarctic logistics association, aiming to promote sustainability and collaboration

Mar 21, 2023 | News

Carmen Patiño is, as of December 1, 2022 the manager of the Antarctic Punta Arenas Logistics (APAL) Guild Association. Carmen has extensive work experience, mainly in the chemical and petrochemical industry, with emphasis on the production and analysis of solid and liquid fuels. She worked at Methanex Chile for 15 years in the laboratory area and then in production, where she was the first female operator, which opened doors for many others. In addition, her performance as laboratory chief at PCM Engineering and Processes, leading the coal analysis team for Mina Invierno, stands out. She has also advised on the implementation of liquid fuel analysis laboratories, such as methanol and gasoline, at HIF Global, based on green hydrogen, participating in the design and commissioning of the laboratory, as well as in the creation of analysis and safety procedures.

Regarding APAL, Carmen comments that the association was formed by Magallanes-based companies that carry out productive activities in Antarctica (transport, tourism, logistics, and agency services) with the aim of, through associativity, contributing to public and private collaboration in the Antarctic continent, transforming the comparative advantages of the region into competitive ones. She explains that, from a technical point of view, APAL’s main challenges are: obtaining a green seal for Punta Arenas and Antarctic tourism; increasing the number of expedition cruise arrivals in Punta Arenas and Puerto Williams; participating in the development of plans that seek to improve facilities at Teniente Marsh Aerodrome; and promoting traffic from Punta Arenas to the Antarctic Peninsula through Bahía Cook.

Regarding the social sphere, APAL’s objectives include: promoting awareness and education about Antarctica in the Magallanes population to encourage greater responsibility and protection of this region; implementing sustainability and conservation measures to ensure the protection of the Antarctic environment; and developing plans and programs to improve the competitiveness and tourist attraction of Punta Arenas. Finally, Carmen mentions that around 6,500 to 7,000 people pass through Punta Arenas each year on their way to Antarctica, including tourists, scientists, and expeditions. A significant portion of these visitors are mobilized by private companies both by air and sea. “This number could increase if we understand that the public and private sectors must collaborate to develop work plans that promote Antarctic development,” she emphasizes.”

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