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The Caribbean Shipping Association's (CSA) 47th Annual General Meeting, Conference and Exhibition, which was held in Bridgetown, Barbados, from October 9-11, ended on a high note with featured presentations from all sectors of the shipping industry.

The conference, which was attended by more than 350 delegates, was hosted by the Shipping Association of Barbados and the Barbados Port Inc, which facilitated the thought-provoking, stimulating presentations by speakers from across the world.

The leadership of the Caribbean Shipping Association was retained for another year by unanimous vote, returning David Jean Marie as president and Juan Carlos Croston as vice-president.

The hosts also showcased Barbados' culture in a series of events at venues, including the exclusive Ilaro Court, the grounds of the prime minister of Barbados. Delegates' spouses were treated to a series of well-planned activities which took them to locations across the island. The culminating activity, the Diamond Gala, featured the announcement of the prestigious Port Awards.

LoopTT JeanMarieThe Caribbean Shipping Association has established a disaster relief fund for member-countries affected during the 2017 hurricane season. This was revealed by President of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA), David Jean-Marie, as he addressed this morning’s opening of the association’s 47th Annual General Meeting at the Hilton Barbados Resort.

<Photo: President of the Caribbean Shipping Association, David Jean-Marie.

He commended CSA member countries for their quick response in coming to the aid of Caribbean brothers and sisters by providing supplies, funds, personnel and logistical support.

Jean-Marie said donation envelopes have been distributed to the approximately 350 delegates in Barbados for the conference this week, and the CSA has pledged to match the contributions made as well as to put any surplus from all CSA events towards the relief effort going forward.

The Caribbean Shipping Association's 47th annual general meeting, conference and exhibition got under way yesterday (Monday, October 9) at the Barbados Hilton. During the opening proceedings, chief executive officer of Barbados Port Inc and president of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA), David Jean Marie expressed the genuine sadness of the CSA at the effects of the recent hurricanes on the Caribbean community, and he commiserated with those who could not make it to the conference due to the devastation. The CSA has provided a facility for members to contribute financial support to the hurricane relief, which the CSA will match up to US$10,000.

Cocatram SigningAlso in keeping with the spirit of cooperation of the CSA, the president announced that the association had brokered a partnership with the Central American Commission on Maritime Transport (COCATRAM) for collaboration between the organisations.

<Photo: Denys Hurtado (left), president of the Central American Commission on Maritime Transport, shakes hands with David Jean Marie, president of the CSA after signing a memorandum of cooperation at the 47th AGM Conference and Exhibition held in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The discussions with COCATRAM commenced formally during the mid-year conference in CuraÁao and culminated yesterday with the signing of a memorandum of cooperation. This set the stage for information sharing, lobbying, and interventions in training between CSA membership and port states in countries such as Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.


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Sought after speakers delivering riveting and interactive presentations are hallmarks of all CSA conferences; this year’s event will be no different! Delve into relevant shipping industry topics on cybersecurity, technology, logistics, port productivity and more in the picturesque city-centre of Barbados.

Registration and our signature Golf Outing start on Saturday, October 7. On Sunday, October 8 the CSA’s General Council and named committees convene private meetings, while AGM and conference proceedings get underway on Monday, October 9, culminating on Wednesday, October 11 with our much anticipated Gala Banquet & Awards. Click here to see what else is On the Agenda icons-22


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