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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. 

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Read on to meet a few of our prolific conference speakers at CSEC 2017.


As Security experts in the maritime industry contend with the perennial problem of outpacing and outmanoeuvring those who would breach their security controls, they rely, heavily, upon technical assistance and regulations coming out of the International Maritime Organization. IMO Secretary General, Kitack Lim, speaking recently at the German National Maritime Conference in Hamburg, emphasized the increasing role that technology holds in maintaining a safer and more sustainable future for shipping. “At IMO, we also want to focus on improving the actual process of developing regulations, so we can make them more effective. “Big Data” is often referred to as the 4th industrial revolution and, in the coming years, we, too, will be looking at gathering more data, and then being better and smarter at using it when we make decisions, Lim said.

Issues surrounding the latest developments in maritime security regulations from the IMO and the need for tighter cyber security measures in shipping and logistics businesses in the Caribbean, are set for discussion at the CSA’s 2017 CSEC.

Among the experts addressing specialist areas on Security are:

JAVIER OMAR YASNIKOUSKI | Conference Topic: Latest Developments on Maritime Security at the IMO

YasnikJavier Yasnikouski is the Head of Maritime Security at the IMO. Yasnikouski joined IMO in 2008 and currently works under the Sub-Division for Maritime Security and Facilitation of the Maritime Safety Division.

Before joining IMO, he worked as a naval officer of the Argentine Coast Guard. He retired as a Lieutenant after 15 years of service, with qualifications on maritime safety, security and communication systems. He also acted as a liaison officer with the Argentine Spatial Agency (CONAE). Yasnikouski graduated as a Systems Engineer, with postgraduate qualifications on Systems Management and as university professor.



 MAX J. BOBYS | Conference Topic: Cyber Security (Workshop & Forum)

maxBobys is Vice President of Global Strategies for HudsonAnalytix, Inc.,a global maritime risk management firm, where he is responsible for identifying new and emerging capabilities to bring to the global maritime industry.  In this role, he planned, organized, developed and currently leads the company’s cyber risk management practice: HudsonAnalytix Cyber (“HA-Cyber”), which specializes in bringing to market a range of practical and proven cybersecurity assessment, risk management and solutions tailored specifically to the global maritime industry.  In this capacity, he works closely with HudsonTrident, the security arm of HudsonAnalytix, in designing and delivering converged cyber-physical security capabilities for clients spanning port authorities and terminal operators, shipping companies, and oil/gas companies (including National Oil Companies).

Mr. Bobys advises the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Committee on Ports on matters of maritime cyber risk management and serves on the Delaware Bay Area Maritime Security Committee’s Sub-Committee on Cybersecurity. 


On March 19th, the expanded Panama Canal welcomed its 1000th Neopanamax vessel, the MSC Anzu, through its new locks, just nine months after their official opening. The Anzu was northbound from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean as part of a relatively new MSC service between Europe, the US and the South American West coast, that was consolidated last year to take advantage of the expanded Canal.

Several other new services have started and some ports in the Caribbean are beginning to record fewer and fewer calls in their wake. This and other reasons, account for the resounding advocacy by the CSA and shipping industry experts for deepening the value-chain in the region’s maritime sector. Aspirations to solely become a transhipment hub should be a thing of the past, making way for pull-strategies which take containers from vessels into national logistics centre for deconsolidation and value-added services for redistribution to the world!

This is the essence of shipping beyond the seas – a win-win for forward-thinking ports in the Caribbean.

Speaking on this conference track is Professor of Strategy and Executive Director at the Arthur Loc Jack Graduate School of Business, Miguel Carrillo.

PROFESSOR MIGUEL CARRILLO | Conference Topic: Value Deployment: Shipping Beyond the Seas

Miguel 800x571px copyProfessor Carrillo is one of the most sought after experts in the area of Strategy and Innovation by governments across all continents, multi-lateral agencies like the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and private sector organisations such as Ernst and Young, Coca Cola, CEMEX, Volkswagen, Novartis.

He has lectured in over 15 different countries and has been a visiting lecturer at MIT, University of Massachusetts, HEC Paris and University of Texas in Austin.

He has published in several international journals and has been the lead researcher of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Project in Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname.  He is the pioneer or champion of other nova research for the region in the area of Business Analytics, Cluster Mapping, Sustainable Innovation, and Governance.

Since 2009, he assumed the position as the Executive Director and Professor of Strategy at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business.

Professor Carrillo holds a Ph.D in Strategy from the joint PhD. Program of Concordia and McGill University in Montreal Canada.


The 2017 Cruise Industry Outlook, published by the Cruise Lines International Association, projects cruise passenger numbers for the year to be an impressive 25.3 million. With 26 new ships on order as of December 2016, booking capacity for 2017 is set to increase by more than 30,000. This investment by River and Ocean Cruise Liners, worth more than USD 6.8 billion, comes at a time when confidence in the cruise industry is at a consistent high and rightfully so, given its increase in demand of 62% between 2005 and 2015.

But what slice of the pie are interests in the Caribbean and Latin America seeing from this USD 117 billion industry? Are the prospects for the region as bullish as it appears for the rest of the world? Are Caribbean Governments investing in Cruise and are our allied sectors ready?   

Come here Royal Caribbean Cruises’ Associate Vice President, Federico Gonzales-Denton speak on the Global State of the Cruise Industry, how Cruise Lines make deployment decisions and global cruise competition on day 2 of CSA-CSEC 2017.

FEDERICO GONZALEZ-DENTON | Conference Topic:  Global State of the Cruise Industry, How Cruise Lines Make Deployment Decisions & Global Cruise Competition

federicoFederico Gonzalez-Denton is Associate Vice President, Government Relations, Latin America & the Caribbean at Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited (RCL), where he is responsible for directing the Company’s policies and objectives involving matters of government and community relations in the Caribbean and Latin American regions. His responsibilities include analyzing proposed legislative actions to determine the potential impact on the organization and developing RCL's positions for the Caribbean and Latin American regions.

Federico is a licensed attorney specialized in the maritime/admiralty field having worked in well-respected maritime law firms in San Juan, Puerto Rico and New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned a B.A. degree in Political Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, a J.D. degree from the Inter-American University and a LL.M. in Maritime Law from Tulane University and he is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico and the Courts of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

He currently serves as a Board Trustee at the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), as a Board Director at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and as Vice-Chair at the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Operations Committee. 


Corruption is antithetical to growth and development in the shipping and logistics industries. It increases the cost of doing business, is a major deterrent for investors and undermines the overall confidence in and credibility of nations and industries where the practise is rife.   Transparency International (TI), a global coalition against corruption, expended its Caribbean network to strengthen the fight against corruption in 2016 – forming alliances in Guyana, Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, St. Kitts and the Cayman Islands.

“Our goal is to strengthen anti-corruption prevention and law enforcement with a focus on  developing effective legislation on political financing, advancing whistleblowing protection, strengthening procurement legislation and promoting integrity in public life and freedom of information,” said Alejandro Salas, head of the Americas region for Transparency International.

The shipping industry is not exempt from the need for oversight to stem the, largely underreported, scourge of corrupt practises which face Lines, Logistics Companies, Importers, Exporters and others. And as businesses are taking an increased zero-tolerance approach to corruption, regulators and business leaders in the Caribbean must ready their houses to ensure they address any systemic issues which may cause long-term damage to their bottom-lines.  

Paul Morrison of Saltchuk Companies will explore anti-corruption systems in the Caribbean shipping industry on Conference Day 3

PAUL MORRISON | Conference Topic: Anti-Corrpution & Strengthening of Controls in the Caribbean Shipping Industry

MorrisonHe currently serves as Director, Internal Audit at Saltchuk Resources where he focuses on the companies shipping assets which include Tropical Shipping, Caribtrans, Deluxe Freight, StratAir, and TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico. Paul has over 15 years of international auditing experience.  He developed internal audit departments for three multi-national companies in the energy, manufacturing, and logistics industries. 

Paul has spoken on anti-corruption risk mitigation for the Institute of Internal Auditors, the American Conference Institute’s 2015 FCPA Boot Camp in Miami.  He has published an article Anti-Corruption Check-up in the June 2016 issue of Internal Auditor Magazine.

Paul graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1994 where he earned a B.S. in Accounting.  He is Certified Public Accountant.


The North American shipping community, through the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), has coalesced around an important mission to save our seas. In their stated Declaration of Voluntary Commitment they advance their belief that the ‘protection of the marine environment and [the] exploitation of aquatic resources are compatible, providing man exercises care, restraint and understanding’ even as they recognize maritime transport as the ‘life blood of the world’. The Association’s work in the shipping industry is geared towards helping to eliminate ship-generated marine pollution and it advocates voluntary compliance with existing regulation through raising environmental consciousness in all sectors of shipping, from ship-owners to seafarers.  

Establishing a Caribbean Marine Environment Protection Association (CARIBMEPA) will be crucial to this effort.

Commander Keith Donahue of the US Coast Guard will join Executive Director of NAMEPA to present details on the formation of CARIBMEPA.

COMMANDER KEITH DONAHUE | Conference Topic: Establishing CARIBMEPA to Save our Seas

CDR Donohue 2016Commander Keith M. Donohue, U.S. Coast Guard, reported to Curacao in June 2016 where he is seconded to the IMO at the Regional Activity Center/Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Center for the Wider Caribbean Region. In this position he works directly with 28 Nations and 10 Territories facilitating technical assistance, capacity building and consultancies in order to help implement international conventions and instruments designed to develop sustainable national and regional capabilities for preventing and responding to threats to the marine environment from ships.

Prior to this assignment, he served as the Commanding Officer of the Pacific Strike Team, in Novato, CA; an International Port Security Liaison Officer attached to USCG Activities Europe in the Netherlands; Chief of Response at Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur Texas; an Environmental Specialists in the Operating and Environmental Standards Division at USCG Headquarters; and Facility Branch Chief, Marine and Environmental Protection Branch Chief, and Investigations Officer at Marine Safety Office Providence, Rhode Island.

He received his commission from USCG Officer Candidate School in 1997. He holds a Master of Arts in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island (2003) and Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Oceanography from Florida Tech (1995).  He is a certified ICS Type 1 Incident Commander, a Master Exercise Practitioner, and a Licensed Merchant Mariner.

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