The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) is pleased to announce the opening of registration for its 46th Annual General Meeting, Conference & Exhibition to be held from October 16-19, 2016. This year, the Shipping Association of Trinidad & Tobago (SATT) will be hosting our delegates in their beautiful twin island republic.
This year’s conference promises to be dynamic, providing interesting and current topics for discussion, excellent networking opportunities, and the announcement of the Ports of the Year winners for 2015.
Delegates attending the Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA) 46th Annual General Meeting, Conference & Exhibition in Trinidad are in for a treat this year with the traditional end of conference gala taking an even more sophisticated twist.
The CSA’s highly anticipated annual Port Awards Competition is the high point of the 3-day event, when the CSA’s Port Awards Committee reviews the business performance of participating ports to determine which one stands above the rest. This year organisers will be hosting a masked ball, giving delegates a chance to bring their personal style and creativity with their masks and outfits for the evening of festivities.
The Caribbean Port Awards competition has helped to attract new business for regional seaports and terminal operators in the Caribbean and Latin American region and has helped to validate the efforts and initiatives taken by local port authorities and terminals to upgrade and improve their facilities. This competition therefore serves as a significant marketing platform for Caribbean ports and terminals to introduce their development and expansion programmes to a global audience.
Trainees from across the Caribbean and Florida recently benefitted from the Liebherr Mobile Harbour Cranes: Efficient and Safe Operation Training Programme. The training course was done at Liebherr’s facilities in Hialeah Gardens, Florida from August 30 to September 1, 2016 under a longstanding partnership with the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) to offer affordable training options to employees in the shipping, logistics and supply chain sectors in the Region.
As part of its 2016 slate of Training programmes, the CSA collaborated with Liebherr to offer the training free of charge to all the participants, who only had to cover their airfare and hotel accommodations. Even the hotel offered a discounted CSA rate of USD $109.00 per day.
Outlook is promising for planned panamax repair yard in Trinidad
It came as good news when it finally came. Trinidad & Tobago’s Minister of Finance, Colm Imbert, announced to the House of Representatives and the Senate that the go-ahead was being given for a new US$ 500 million shipyard.
It will be located on an adjacent Green-field site of what was intended to be the Alutrint smelter at La Brea. The smelter was never completed and construction work stopped in 2010.
The project to design, build and finance a new repair facility at La Brea had originally been proposed in 2010 by the Shipbuilding & Repair Development Company of Trinidad & Tobago Ltd (SRDC). So, after nearly five years of studies and intense lobbying, the local stakeholders of the project had reason to celebrate.