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The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) is pleased to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Soget as a major provider of Port Community Systems across the world.

As we seek to take advantage of innovations such as post-panamax vessels, increasing liner alliances, rebounding global economies and the likewe need to ensure that, as a region, we embrace the cutting-edge technologies that enable us to provide our customers with the best services.

Port Community Systems (PCS) satisfy the need for a communication platform which will improve the timeliness, reliability and costs of logistics services along the supply chain and increase the competitive positions of ports. A PCS fosters collaboration with the key authorities, as well as with stakeholders, customers and local trade associations. Through the PCS, stakeholders have 24-hour access to secure, real-time processing and distribution of information with tracking, tracing and surveillance of cargo capabilities.

The Caribbean Shipping Association acknowledges the work of Soget in helping us in the region to improve the rating of our port communities through the provision of their platforms here. We observe the improvements in dwell-time and increase in revenues enjoyed by Soget clients across the globe.

We salute the good work by Soget in the last ten years and look forward to increased engagement in the years to come.

Read Soget's remarkable ten-year story here


The CSA has a proud record in recent times of providing financial and other assistance to hurricane-impacted communities across the Caribbean and in this regard 2017 was no different In just a few short days in September, the Caribbean was hit by two catastrophic Category 5 hurricanes – first Irma, then Maria.

The pair caused widespread damage across the region, with Puerto Rico, the British Virgin Islands, the United States Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Cuba, the Turks & Caicos Islands, Sint Maarten / St Martin, St Barts, Barbuda and Dominica among the worst affected.

The Caribbean experienced four categorized hurricanes in 2017 and some islands were hit by more than one. Irma was the second most powerful on record and the first Category 5 hurricane to strike the Leeward Islands. Subsequently, Maria created the worst natural disasters ever to befall Puerto Rico and Dominica.

The loss of life across the Caribbean, along with the hurricanes’ impact on both property and basic infrastructure, is well documented. Unfortunately, the restoration process – the hard task of rebuilding of homes and livelihoods – has been less well publicized by the media.

Read more in the January 2018 Issue of the Caribbean Maritime Magazine

david jean marieThere is no doubt that 2017 was another challenging year for the shipping industry in the region and also in the wider global context. Persistent overcapacity, weak global trade and freight rate volatility continue to create stormy waters that test our resourcefulness.

The fact that we have weathered the storm is testament to our resilience in the face of significant change. And while there are some encouraging signs trending towards improved market conditions and stability, we must acknowledge that we have a fair distance to go before we can realise this outcome. So as we forge ahead with a healthy dose of cautious optimism, we must adequately plan for the difficulties ahead and take the long-term view to ensure the viability of the industry.

Preparing for the future

In adopting the long-term view, it is important that we focus our attention on the developments that will shape the future of the sector. The shipping industry has long had the reputation of being conservative and slow to change, but I do believe that many of the players increasingly understand the value and necessity of staying on the cutting edge.

The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) regrets to inform members of the death of Janice Budd, the Shipping Association of Jamaica’s (SAJ) head of  communication, who has provided public relations services to the CSA through its arrangement with SAJ. Miss Budd died on Tuesday, January 2, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Her substantive post at the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ) for the last three years (3) was operations manager, communications and member services.

JaniceBJanice served the media for over 20 years in various capacities. She is perhaps best known nationally as a news anchor at the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, CVM TV and RJR Group. In 2010, she transitioned to print journalism coordinating the editorial content of Jamaica’s Sunday Observer newspaper.

She also worked in corporate communications at the National Commercial Bank prior to joining the SAJ.

Of her profession, she has been quoted as saying, “I love words, I love writing, it has been easy”.

Upon hearing of her death CSA president David Jean Marie shared his memory of as Janice, “a lovely person.”  “Words cannot express the sadness of such a moment.” He said. The general manager of the CSA Mr. Fernando Rivera remembered Janice as a “smart, dedicated, a true professional, but, more importantly, an excellent person.”

The Caribbean Shipping Association wishes to express its condolences to her family and friends, colleagues and well-wishers.  She made an indelible mark on us and will remain in our hearts.


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