Following a highly productive week of discussion and networking the Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA’s) 46TH AGM, Exhibition & Conference ended with a spectacular awards gala held in the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, Trinidad on October 19, 2016. The sophisticated theme of the event which saw most of the 370 delegates donning masks, provided an elegant backdrop for the announcement of the annual CSA Port Awards.
Kingston Wharves Limited emerged the big winner, taking the coveted Port of the Year Award to resounding acclaim from fellow members of the association, having earned the nod from the regional judges as the Best Multipurpose Port in the hemisphere.
The Caribbean Shipping Association's (CSA) highly anticipated annual Port Awards Competition is fast approaching and all ports and terminal operators across the Caribbean and Latin American Region are being encouraged to prepare their submissions in order to participate.
From the inception of this competition in 1987, the CSA’s Port Awards Competition has sought to promote the development and increased efficiency of port operations. It has served as a great driving force for regional ports and terminal operators, encouraging and stimulating the development of best practices through the recognition of the outstanding performance of ports in key areas.
Each year, the CSA’s Port Awards Committee compares the performance of participating ports to determine who stands above the rest. The Committee looks at port dependability and flexibility, port efficiency and productivity, port growth and development, security, health, environment and safety.
Awardees are not selected based on the size of their operating port or terminal. The CSA assesses the improvement, performance and security of the different ports and terminals and, as such, any port in the Caribbean stands a chance of winning the top prize, or any of the various sectional prizes, once its management systems are up to standard and its corporate functionality is progressive. At the end of the process, the CSA is able to announce to the world those Caribbean ports and terminals that have achieved high standards of operational performance.
The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA's) 45th AGM, Conference & Exhibition held October 19-21 in the beautiful Colombian city of Cartagena wrapped with a gala awards dinner, where the Port of Cartagena/Sociedad Portuaria de Cartagena (SPRC) walked away with the coveted top prize - Best Container Terminal (2014).
SPRC, which acted as hosts for this year's conference, has won this award on six previous occasions (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2013).
Meanwhile, newly installed CSA President David Jean-Marie, CEO of Barbados Ports Inc, noted the importance of increased collaboration and coordination between ports and terminals to enable all the association's members to capitalise on the opportunities arising from the shifting operating dynamics within the Caribbean Region.
"I urge us not to dismiss this out of hand, but to consider how we can all leverage our collective operational knowledge and best practices from one port to another to mutual advantage," he said as he accepted his new position on Wednesday, having been elected to replace Kingston Wharves CEO Grantley Stephenson, who demitted office this year after serving three consecutive terms as president.
Terminal de la Pointes des Grieves of Martinique and Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) of Jamaica are the top winners of this year’s Caribbean Shipping Association’s
Terminal de la Pointes des Grieves won the Terminal of the Year award.
Five sectional prizes were awarded to other terminals in the region.
The Terminals were judged on their performance in 2013.
Grand Port Maritime de Guadeloupe won the award for Port Dependability and Flexibility; Sociedad Portuaria de Santa Marta, Colombia received the award for Port Efficiency and Productivity; Manzanillo International Terminal, Panama was cited for Growth, Development and Improvement; Kingston Container Terminal, Jamaica won for Security; and DP World Caucedo, Dominican Republic was awarded the prize for Port Environment, Health and Safety.
The Caribbean Shipping Association’s Port Awards were as hotly contested as ever in October 2013 at the 43rd Annual General Meeting at the Sheraton Panama Hotel & Convention Center.
A total of 15 terminals from across the Caribbean competed for the awards. To the obvious delight of delegates, the 2013 awards, as in the year before, threw up unexpected winners in the two main categories: Best Multipurpose Port/Terminal and Best Container Terminal.
To the surprise of many – but not those in the know – Puerto Rico’s Intership won Best Container Terminal, an award long dominated by Manzanillo International Terminal in Panama and Colombia’s Sociedad Portuaria de Cartagena. This is the first time the top award has gone to Puerto Rico. Intership is a stevedoring contractor and terminal operator with 50 years’ experience.
Meanwhile, the Port of Guadeloupe, winner of the previous year’s Growth & Development award, made the step up to take the Multi-Purpose award.