Recognised as the leading multi-purpose port in the Caribbean, Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) was again chosen to host the Caribbean Shipping Association's (CSA) Exchange Study Programme. The programme was held from February 20-24 with eight shipping and logistics professionals from across the region participating.
The CSA study tour is held annually to expose members to best practices in terminal operations across the region. Presentations were made on port security, logistics management, information technology, health and safety, among others. Additionally, the participants were taken on a tour of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) to underscore the importance of the training to the continued growth of the shipping sector. Dr Fritz Pinnock, executive director of the CMI, also delivered a presentation on the history of shipping in Jamaica.
In addition to an insider's view of the multipurpose operations at the Kingston Wharves Terminal, the group was treated to a tour of the Falmouth cruise ship pier while two of world's largest cruise vessels - Allure of the Seas and Independence of the Seas - were in port . This tour enabled participants to have proximate experience of terminal management, guided by pier manager Mark Hylton.
Come join the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) in collaboration with the Curacao Ports Authority in Curacao, for its 16th Caribbean Shipping Executives’ Conference.
CSA’s 16th Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference will be hosted in the beautiful city of Willemstad which captures the best of old-Amsterdam charm and the cultural diversity of the region. The conference will be held at the Curacao Renaissance Hotel where owners, political leaders, shipping executives, industry leaders and renowned speakers will seek to address Maritime issues from Monday May 8 to Wednesday May 10, 2017.
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The General Council of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) had its first meeting of the year in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 16, 2017.
This was the first time that the new General Council was meeting in an official capacity since being elected at the CSA’s Annual General Meeting held in Port of Spain, Trinidad, last October. Consequently, this was also the first General Council meeting attended by the newest members of the Executive, Group D Chairman Martin Medina, and Tom Paelink who were elected at the Trinidad AGM last October.
Photo: The General Council discusses the Association’s business at its first meeting of 2017
“This year, for the first in a long time the General Council meeting was held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which is a change from the traditional venue in Kingston, Jamaica where the Secretariat has its offices. We are happy to say that it was quite a productive meeting with key decisions being taken which will guide the operations of the Association for the rest of the year,” said President David Jean Marie.
The council focused on upcoming CSA events, including the various training courses being offered to its membership and plans for the 2017 Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference to be held in Curacao in May.
Members, Colleagues and Partners,
As we all celebrate the start of a new year filled with possibility, I want to take the opportunity to say thank you for your consistent support of the Caribbean Shipping Association and its programmes and projects last year. We truly feel blessed to have so much goodwill and commitment from across the Region and indeed the globe to put wind in our sails so we can meet our many challenges in 2017.
Thanks especially for the outpouring of support for our donations to the citizens of Haiti who were tragically impacted by Hurricane Matthew. We raised a significant sum which we know will go a far way in the relief efforts.
The year just ended was a tumultuous one, marked by significant changes in the sector that have impacted how we operate and have forced us to be very agile for sheer survival and to ensure the continuous improvement in our operations. We have had strategise and re-strategise to withstand the impact of the acquisitions, mergers, & bankruptcies which transformed the world’s marine cargo sector and sent our hemisphere into a tailspin.
The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) is pleased to announce its second exchange training programme for 2017.
This will be done in collaboration with the Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) in Panama and will see the sharing of knowledge, experience, and best practices across national borders. MIT has a technologically advanced operation, with skilled and experienced personnel and world-class service delivery.
The CSA-MIT training initiative is scheduled for March 20-24, 2017, and offers the opportunity for marine terminal personnel from across the Caribbean and Latin American region to immerse themselves in the operations of a modern port facility.