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Shipping-CMI2Graduation 2014 was a special occasion for the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) as it celebrated its 33rd annual staging of the event with regional partners and friends of the industry. 

The celebrations spanned two days, beginning with a welcome ceremony for the guest speaker, Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, on Wednesday, November 12, and the graduation exercise on Thursday, November 13.

On Wednesday, students of the CMI benefited from the generous donation from industry partners of the institute, The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA). The Monica Silvera Scholarship Foundation, established by the CSA, provides U$20,000 annually to needy but deserving students.

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 Michael 'Mike' Jarrett (4th right) accepts his citation and token from CSA President Grantley Stephenson (second left) during the CSA's Gala and Awards Ceremony on October 15 in Punta Cana. Also Photographed are: (from left) Fernando Riviera, Past President of CSA, Donna Jarrett, wife of the CSA honoree, Corah-Ann Robertson-Sylvester, Past President of the CSA and Carlos Urriola, Past President of the CSA. 

The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) on October 15, 2014 honoured its former Director of Public Relations and Information, Michael ‘Mike’ Jarrett.

Jarrett who weilded the ‘Golden Pen’ of the CSA for 30 years, was honoured during the gala and awards banquet for the 44th Annual General Meeting, Conference and Exhibition of the CSA held from October 13 to 15, 2014 in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The event was hosted by the CSA in partnership with the Dominican Republic Shipping Association at the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort.

Grantley Stephenson, President of the CSA, described Jarrett as a visionary who used his wealth of knowledge and experience in Journalism and Public Relations to transform the CSA.

Jarrett was a seasoned journalist when his coverage of the shipping industry captured the attention of the PR executive of the CSA in 1981. He was contracted to edit the CSA’s magazine, ‘Caribbean Shipping Journal.’

Grantley Stephenson and David Jean Marie have been unanimously re-elected to serve as president and vice president of the Caribbean Shipping Association respectively. Stephenson and Jean Marie were re-elected during the 44th annual general meeting, conference and exhibition of the CSA being held in the Dominican Republic. The event is being held from October 13 - 15, 2014.

Both Stephenson and Jean Marie expressed their gratitude for the confidence expressed in them.  Stephenson pledged that the CSA will continue to focus on training to meet the expected changes in the shipping industry. "We will do our best to justify your confidence in us," he said.

The CSA's vice president, Jean Marie, said "we will continue to represent the interests of the members of the CSA."

The 44th AGM, Conference and Exhibition is being hosted by the CSA in collaboration with the Dominican Republic Shipping Association at the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort in Punta Cana. Over 350 delegates are in attendance representing the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe.

preparetoleadGrantley Stephenson, president of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA), has assured delegates attending the 44th annual general meeting, conference and exhibition of the CSA that the association remains committed to its mission to execute training initiatives to safeguard the future of the shipping industry in the region.

Stephenson was speaking during the opening of the conference now underway in the Dominican Republic. The conference is being hosted by the CSA in partnership with the Dominican Republic Shipping Association at the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort in Punta Cana.

“The Caribbean Shipping Association must continue to help to define and clarify the changing world in which its members’ businesses operate and prepare the next generation of Caribbean shipping executives in the way that we have been prepared to lead,” Stephenson said, adding that “the present members are heirs to those visionaries who set the stage for one of the most successful attempts at collaboration in this region.”

The CSA president added, “for that reason, we are grateful for the increased levels of assistance provided by members of the Association toward the training programmes that we have initiated during my presidency. For example, our Training Trust Fund received contributions amounting to US$52,500.00 based on an appeal made at our AGM in Panama last year.”

csadominicanaThe future of the shipping industry will take precedence at the 44th annual general meeting, conference and exhibition of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) to be held from October 13 – 15, 2014.

The conference, hosted by the CSA in collaboration with the Asociacion de Navieros de la Republica Dominicana (Shipping Association of the Dominican Republic) is being held at the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

High on the agenda is the topic: ‘The Next 50 Years of Shipping’. Noted maritime analyst Lars Jensen, chief executive officer of SeaIntel Consulting, will explore the topic using current data.

The Nicaraguan Canal Project, a potential rival to the Panama Canal, will also be discussed in a session being addressed by Dr. Paul Oquist, Private Secretary of National Policy Presidency of the Republic of Nicaragua. The project, which is said to be scheduled for a December 2014 start, is being funded through Chinese investment and could cost a minimum of USD 40 billion.

 
 
 
 

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