KWL2016-01Following 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 maritime industry is of particular importance with plans to diversify the T&T economy, Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon said yesterday.

“The strategic advantages that make this country ideal for maritime services are many, not the least of which is our geographic location below the hurricane belt. We are situated between key trade routes connecting the North and South American continents, and we possess a highly skilled workforce,” she said in opening remarks at the 46th Annual General Meeting, Conference and Exhibition of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain

The minister added that the timing could not have been better for a conference on the shipping industry to be hosted by this country: “It comes on the heels of the budget presentation in the House of Representatives for fiscal 2017. These are exciting times as there is a move to prioritise several sectors for diversification, one being the maritime industry—part of the thrust to expand this country’s exports and to transform the economy.”

IMG 0867A pledge of financial assistance to hurricane-ravaged Caribbean territory Haiti from President David Jean Marie marked the ceremonial opening of the Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA) 46th Annual General Meeting, Conference & Exhibition at the Hyatt Regency Port of Spain, Trinidad on Monday, October 17, 2016.

“There is a need for urgent humanitarian assistance to Haiti, given the level of destruction. In addition to the efforts we may be making individually or through our companies and countries, the General Council wishes to have the CSA involved in tangible ways. We have therefore commenced a drive to raise funds by pledging an initial USD 10,000, and we invite all our members and associates to contribute through the Secretariat. We will soon be writing you in this regard,” he said. 

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Executives from shipping lines, ship’s agents, customs and maritime authorities, agencies, ports and terminals across this hemisphere who represent the largest and most influential shipping and logistics interests are now arriving in Port of Spain for three days of discourse, information exchange and networking as the Shipping Association of Trinidad & Tobago hosts the Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA) 46th Annual General Meeting, Conference & Exhibition from October 17-19, 2016.

The almost 350 registered participants, hailing not only from the Caribbean, but North, South and Central America,as well as Europe, will enjoy the benefits of involvement in the region's premier international maritime executives’ conference while experiencing exceptional networking opportunities at a business exposition for suppliers of key products and services. The event kicks off at the Hyatt Regency Port of Spain hotel, where CSA President David Jean Marie will welcome delegates.

The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) will tend to the business of the organization at its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, ahead of the offical opening. A special highlight of the day’s activities will be a presentation by National Energy Corporation of Trinidad & Tobago Ltd (NEC).

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