As a part of its commitment to providing high-quality training opportunities for the regional shipping community, the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) facilitated several training seminars in the first quarter of 2017 with several more in the pipeline.
From February 20-24, Kingston Wharves Limited hosted the first CSA Terminal Exchange Study Programme for 2017. Nine participants from across the region took part in four days of activities geared towards exposing them to the leading multi-purpose port in the region. In addition to port tours, presentations were made in areas such as port security, logistics management, information technology, health and safety.
Participant Sudarmo Toby, assistant operations officer from the Port Authority of St Vincent and the Grenadines, shared how invaluable the experience was to network among shipping industry leaders and to share best practices with his peers across the region. He further stated that "the knowledge garnered in Kingston will be crucial in his country's plan to develop a world-class terminal". Toby was giving the vote of thanks.
Manzanillo International Terminal in Panama hosted the second CSA Terminal Exchange Study Programme from March 20-24. In addition to the terminal's best practices, the seven participants were able to benefit from the culture created by the terminal's Total Learning System, which allows personnel to train towards their career development in the company. Participants also enjoyed the detailed presentations and discussions of terminal strategy. The participants particularly appreciated the opportunity to use the rubber tyre gantry cranes to move containers. Overall, the experience of the week of training was found to be excellent and well worth the time spent.
A total of 16 persons from 10 countries attended these two training programmes.
A line-up of high-profile speakers has been confirmed for the CSA’s 16th annual Caribbean Shipping Executives’ Conference (CSEC) being held May 8 - 10 at the Renaissance Resort in Willemstad, Curaçao. The event will take its usual panel discussion and plenary meeting format, where able and qualified panellists will steer business leaders in thought-provoking discourse on the latest developments and plans affecting shipping and logistics in the Caribbean.
Read on to meet a few of our prolific conference speakers at CSEC 2017.
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.
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.