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.
One of the aims of the competition is to promote regional growth for all ports and terminal operators in the Caribbean and Latin American region. This competition therefore serves as a significant marketing platform for Caribbean ports and terminals to introduce their development and expansion programmes to a global audience. The Caribbean Port Awards competition has helped to attract new business for regional seaports and has helped to validate the efforts and initiatives taken by local port authorities and terminals to upgrade and improve their facilities.
To participate in this competition, a report of last year’s performance must be submitted between June 30 and August 31, 2016.
To be eligible, the named port or terminal operator must adhere to the following criteria:
- Must be a member of the CSA
- Must be a member in good financial standing
- Must be a port or terminal (whether privately or publicly owned)
- Must provide contact details for three company representatives who will be completing the questionnaire
- The competition is for the prior year
The entry process is as follows:
- CSA Secretariat will send an email invite with an embedded token to facilitate the completion of the application online
- Completed applications are shared with the Secretariat via email or a Dropbox link along with photographs
- Once applications are received, they are reviewed by the CSA’s Port Awards Committee
- Winners are announced during the CSA’s annual gala banquet in October of each year
Last year, the gala awards dinner at the CSA's 45th AGM, Conference & Exhibition held October 19-21 in the beautiful Colombian city of Cartagena saw another round of accolades being giving to the ports in the region who stood above the rest in 2015.
The Ludlow Stewart Multi-purpose Port of the year Award went to N V Havenbeheer, Suriname. Grand Port Maritime de la Guadeloupe won the Port Dependability and Flexibility Award. The Port Efficiency and Productivity category was dominated by DP World - Caucedo. The winner of the Port Security category was Manzanillo International Terminal. Intership Puerto Rico landed the top award for Port Environment & Safety, while Barbados Port Inc. won the Port Growth, Development and Improvement Award.
The Port of Cartagena/Sociedad Portuaria de Cartagena (SPRC) walked away with the coveted top prize - Best Container Terminal (2014) and earned bragging rights for a year. Who will take it this year is still anyone’s guess! Enter now for a chance to win.