Delegates attending the Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA) 46th Annual General Meeting, Conference & Exhibition in Trinidad are in for a treat this year with the traditional end of conference gala taking an even more sophisticated twist.

The CSA’s highly anticipated annual Port Awards Competition is the high point of the 3-day event, when the CSA’s Port Awards Committee reviews the business performance of participating ports to determine which one stands above the rest. This year organisers will be hosting a masked ball, giving delegates a chance to bring their personal style and creativity with their masks and outfits for the evening of festivities.

The Caribbean Port Awards competition has helped to attract new business for regional seaports and terminal operators in the Caribbean and Latin American region and has helped to validate the efforts and initiatives taken by local port authorities and terminals to upgrade and improve their facilities. 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.


IMG 6524Trainees from across the Caribbean and Florida recently benefitted from the Liebherr Mobile Harbour Cranes: Efficient and Safe Operation Training Programme. The training course was done at Liebherr’s facilities in Hialeah Gardens, Florida from August 30 to September 1, 2016 under a longstanding partnership with the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) to offer affordable training options to employees in the shipping, logistics and supply chain sectors in the Region.

As part of its 2016 slate of Training programmes, the CSA collaborated with Liebherr  to offer the training free of charge to all the participants, who only had to cover their airfare and hotel accommodations. Even the hotel offered a discounted CSA rate of USD $109.00 per day.

The logistics arm of shipping company CMA CGM plans to hire around 20 local staff for a unit in Jamaica.

The company secured an empty warehouse and will now begin hiring staff and renting equipment, but is signaling it will begin as a small operation.

"We need a lot of things, but it will not be in high quantities in the beginning. I will not need 25 forklifts, but maybe in a year's time, if we can attract an international company - just one or two - then volume would be huge," said Nicholas Tellier, deputy managing director at CMA CGM Logistics.

"We will start from an empty warehouse. There is nothing inside. In the coming weeks, we are going to make a checklist of what to do to start the operations - whether it will be 10 people or 20 people," he said on Friday following a speech delivered at the Talking Exports Breakfast Series hosted by Jamaica Exporters Association.

Outlook is promising for planned panamax repair yard in Trinidad

It came as good news when it finally came. Trinidad & Tobago’s Minister of Finance, Colm Imbert, announced to the House of Representatives and the Senate that the go-ahead was being given for a new US$ 500 million shipyard.

It will be located on an adjacent Green-field site of what was intended to be the Alutrint smelter at La Brea. The smelter was never completed and construction work stopped in 2010.

The project to design, build and finance a new repair facility at La Brea had originally been proposed in 2010 by the Shipbuilding & Repair Development Company of Trinidad & Tobago Ltd (SRDC). So, after nearly five years of studies and intense lobbying, the local stakeholders of the project had reason to celebrate.

IMG 8177The large concentration of passengers, cargo, property and businesses at or near ports make them ideal targets for those wishing to disrupt commerce and trade, the lifeblood of any country. With increasing levels of terrorist activity globally, the security of the world economy is said to depend to large extent on the safe use of the world's oceans. The constant strengthening of Maritime and Port Security is required because of the vulnerability of ports to terrorist attacks and pirate activities. Ports are extremely vulnerable because of their size, accessibility by water and land, close location to metropolitan areas, the tremendous amount of cargo they handle and the readily available transport networks to other locations.

These and other realities were the subject of exploration by several individuals from across the region who participated in the Situational Awareness and Predictive Analysis Course hosted by the Caribbean Shipping Association in partnership with Florida-based Tactical Intelligence International (TII) from August 3 - 4 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


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