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LoopTT JeanMarieThe Caribbean Shipping Association has established a disaster relief fund for member-countries affected during the 2017 hurricane season. This was revealed by President of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA), David Jean-Marie, as he addressed this morning’s opening of the association’s 47th Annual General Meeting at the Hilton Barbados Resort.

<Photo: President of the Caribbean Shipping Association, David Jean-Marie.

The Caribbean Shipping Association's 47th annual general meeting, conference and exhibition got under way yesterday (Monday, October 9) at the Barbados Hilton. During the opening proceedings, chief executive officer of Barbados Port Inc and president of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA), David Jean Marie expressed the genuine sadness of the CSA at the effects of the recent hurricanes on the Caribbean community, and he commiserated with those who could not make it to the conference due to the devastation. The CSA has provided a facility for members to contribute financial support to the hurricane relief, which the CSA will match up to US$10,000.

Cocatram SigningAlso in keeping with the spirit of cooperation of the CSA, the president announced that the association had brokered a partnership with the Central American Commission on Maritime Transport (COCATRAM) for collaboration between the organisations.

<Photo: Denys Hurtado (left), president of the Central American Commission on Maritime Transport, shakes hands with David Jean Marie, president of the CSA after signing a memorandum of cooperation at the 47th AGM Conference and Exhibition held in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The discussions with COCATRAM commenced formally during the mid-year conference in CuraÁao and culminated yesterday with the signing of a memorandum of cooperation. This set the stage for information sharing, lobbying, and interventions in training between CSA membership and port states in countries such as Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.


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PartnershipThe Caribbean Shipping Association is deeply concerned about the effects of the passage of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose during the 2017 hurricane season.  We have been seen the images of devastation reported in the media and the great need that has been created in our sister countries.

Our president, executive, secretariat and members wish to express heartfelt condolences to all those affected by the loss of life and property. We extend our condolences also to those who have suffered the trauma of complete devastation and the accompanying anguish which such devastation occasions. We send our prayers and best wishes to the affected countries, particularly to the shipping community, their families and their loved ones.

We are a resilient industry and at times like these we must come together to rebuild stronger than before. We pledge our continued support to these affected countries and will be investigating how best we can make such support more tangible over the weeks that follow when the full extent of the needs have been assessed and reported. We expect to announce the CSA's plan of action in response to this widespread loss in our community during our Annual General Meeting planned for October in Barbados. Until then, we are keenly following the progress of the situation and continue to keep our brother and sisters in our thoughts and considerations. 

Our very best wishes, 

Caribbean Shipping Association


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