RMS1Roland Malins-Smith, founder of the Seafreight Group of Companies, is described by his peers as a quiet force whose soft-spoken nature belies the power of his brilliant mind and the magnitude of his contributions to the shipping industry in the Caribbean.

This visionary figure in the hemisphere’s maritime sector was honoured by his colleagues in the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) last month at its Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference (CSEC) held in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Photo: (L-R) Roland Malins-Smith, stalwart of the CSA and the caribbean shipping industry, accepts a token from CSA President, David Jean Marie during the opening ceremony at CSA-CSEC 2016 in which he was recently honoured. 

In a moving tribute read during the conference opening ceremony, CSA President, David Jean Marie, spoke of Malins-Smith lifelong contribution to shipping in the region, beginning with his early years as a research assistant in the regional transportation unit with the Caribbean Free Trade Area (CARIFTA) Secretariat in September 1970. Malins-Smith was promoted to senior economist responsible for transportation within the CARICOM area not long after, and in 1977, at the age of 30, he was seconded to West Indies Shipping Corporation (WISCO) in Trinidad as General Manager.

On May 25, 2016, The University of the West Indies Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (UWI-ALJGSB) together with the Trinidad and Tobago Shipbuilding & Repair Maritime Cluster (TTSR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to undertake maritime project initiatives involving research, the sharing of knowledge and showcase technologies in the context of improving energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions in the maritime sector.

One such initiative involves an Expression of Interest to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the establishment of a regional Maritime Technical Cooperation Center (MTCC) for the benefit of the IMO’s 14 Member Caribbean States, of which Trinidad and Tobago is a signatory country. This forms part of an ambitious project to establish a global network of Maritime Technology Cooperation Centers (MTCCs) in developing countries, thanks to a €10 million funding contribution from the European Union. This project will be coordinated by IMO’s Marine Environment Division through a dedicated unit at IMO headquarters in London.

An MSC circular on Advice to Administrations, port State control authorities, companies, port terminals and masters regarding the SOLAS requirements for verified gross mass of packed containers has been agreed by the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), following discussion on the pending entry into force of the requirements in SOLAS regulations VI/2.4 to VI/2/6 on the verification of the gross mass of packed containers on 1 July 2016. 

Concerns were noted with regards to the application of the requirements to a container which was loaded before 1 July 2016 and then transhipped. The Committee, meeting for its 96th session (11-20 May), also noted delegations’ comments that, in the first few months after 1 July 2016, some leeway should be provided in order for any problems resulting from software updates, required for the electronic collection and transmittal of verified gross mass data, to be rectified without causing delays to containers being loaded.

CSEC16The Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA) 16th annual Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference came to a close last week in Cocoa Beach, Florida, following thought-provoking and insightful presentations and ensuing discussions.

Photo: (Left to right) President of Florida Ports Council Doug Wheeler with the CSA's immediate past President Grantley Stephenson, Vice-President Juan Carlos Croston and sitting President David Jean Marie after the official opening of the 2016 Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference, which was held between May 16-18 in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

President of the CSA, David Jean Marie, thanked hosts Port Canaveral for their wonderful hospitality, noting that they provided the perfect atmosphere for the CSA’s members and conference participants to get first-hand information on some of the key issues currently impacting shipping in the region. These included exclusive insider information on Cuba’s development of its maritime sector, the latest on the implementation of the SOLAS container weight regulations and the growth and maintenance of the close relationship between Florida’s ports and Caribbean markets.

FLORIDA TODAY: Seaports, shippers and cruise lines are focusing on Cuba as the next big thing in their industries. And that was the focus of attention this week at the Caribbean Shipping Association's conference in Cocoa Beach.

As conference host, Port Canaveral also is focusing on something else: Show off the port's cargo and cruise operations for the conference's 180 attendees, with the ultimate goal of boosting business. Representatives of about 25 countries were represented at the conference, and more than 100 attendees toured Port Canaveral cruise and cargo facilities on Tuesday.

The start of cruise service this month from Miami to Cuba by a unit of Carnival Corp. presents both opportunities and obstacles for the traditional Caribbean cruise business, speakers said at the conference Wednesday. Caribbean cruises are the focus of Port Canaveral and other east Florida cruise ports.

 
 
 
 

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