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miabb main01 rDelegates at the CSA's 13th Caribbean Shipping Executives' Conference will converge in Miami over the period May 12 - 14, 2014 at the Maimi Marriott Hotel, Biscayne Bay. The hotel is a major attraction in the Biscayne Bay area and will be the host of all conference sessions for the upcoming event with the exception of the scheduled Port Tour and Cultural Activities. 

The Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay – the “bridge to Everything Miami,” is located at the intersection of the Miami Arts and Design Districts, and just minutes from the Miami Beach Convention Center, sizzling South Beach and the Port of Miami. 

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michele2012In order to seize the benefits of cruise shipping, it is first necessary to know what these benefits are. That is the view of Michele M. Paige, President of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA), and it will also be the theme of her presentation when she takes the podium as one of the featured speakers at the 13th Shipping Executives Conference (CSEC) hosted by the Caribbean Shipping Association, at the Miami Marriott, Biscayne Bay, Miami, from May 12 to 14, 2014.

Ms. Paige’s career in the cruise industry spans more than three decades. She spent 17 years in various positions at the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), before moving to the FCCA as its director of operations and communications, steering the association on issues such as: destination port development, product development, research and training, as well as serving as a liaison with environmental entities.

She was appointed to head the association in January of 1994 as its executive director and named president in March 1997.
The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 15 Member Cruise Lines operating more than 100 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American waters. Created in 1972, the FCCA’s mandate is to provide a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, tour operations, safety, security and other cruise industry issues. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA seeks to build cooperative relationships with its partner destinations and to develop productive bilateral partnerships with every sector.

CSALogo 2The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) has opened registrations for the 13th annual Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference (CSEC) to be held in Miami, Florida from May 12 - 14, 2014.

The CSA is hosting this year’s conference in collaboration with the Port of Miami at the Marriott Biscayne Bay. Described as the “bridge to Everything Miami,” the Marriott Biscayne Bay is located at the intersection of the Miami Arts and Design Districts, just minutes from the Port of Miami. Executives in the shipping industry from the Caribbean, Latin America, North America and Europe will meet over the three days to discuss issues affecting the industry. High on the agenda is an update on the Panama Canal which has recently been embroiled in disputes over funding and delays. The expanded canal was initially expected to be completed by June 2015. With the recent delays, the project is now expected to be concluded by December of that year.

Additional topics for discussion include the new marine gas era, securing ports impact of International Ship and Port Facility Security/Maritime Transportation Security Act on shipping companies as well as a cruise industry update.

There is still time to register!


The development of Free zones in the Caribbean represents an significant step towards stimulating greater economic activity in the region, according to Grantley Stephenson, President of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) and CEO of Kingston Wharves.

Speaking on the topic “The Panama Canal Expansion and its Impact on Transportation and Logistics in Free Zones”, Mr. Stephenson, delivered a riveting address to the XVII Conference of the Association of Free Zones of the Americas (AZFA) held over the period October 23 – 25, 2013 in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Building on the premise that improvements to the Panama Canal have the potential to impact global freight flows by shifting a significant percentage of trade from Asian markets, Mr. Stephenson told the gathering that "an increase in freight flows to the East and Gulf Coasts presents an economic development opportunity for job creation and economic growth related to logistics, inter-modal transportation and value-added businesses, all of which would also support businesses located in the region exporting their goods".

The Sheraton Panama Hotel will be home of the Caribbean Shipping Association's largest event this year - the 43rd Annual General Meeting, Conference and Exhibition, October 7, 8 and 9. This means all major activities, except for off-site tours, will be held on this property, including the CSA’s Business Expo, ‘Shipping Insight 2014’. A modern convention centre with the amenities to make an international convention of professionals comfortable, the Sheraton Panama is the CSA’s choice of residence for the leaders of maritime transport participating in this 2013 CSA AGM, Conference and Exhibition.


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