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.

SAJCOMPThe Shipping Association of Jamaica has launched an essay competition that will see one lucky employee attending the upcoming Caribbean Shipping Association's AGM, Conference and Exhibition which will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Trinidad & Tobago in October.

That employee will have to write a winning essay on the topic “Jamaica’s Maritime Sector is positioned for growth but there are serious competitive challenges that must be overcome”. Discuss.

The essay competition is open to junior and mid-level employees of member companies of the SAJ who have to meet other criteria in order to be eligible. For example, they must be able to independently satisfy all passport, Visa, health and other requirements for travel outside of Jamaica.

PA2016The Caribbean Shipping Association's (CSA) highly anticipated annual Port Awards Competition is fast approaching and all ports and terminal operators across the Caribbean and Latin American Region are being encouraged to prepare their submissions in order to participate.

From the inception of this competition in 1987, the CSA’s Port Awards Competition has sought to promote the development and increased efficiency of port operations. It has served as a great driving force for regional ports and terminal operators, encouraging and stimulating the development of best practices through the recognition of the outstanding performance of ports in key areas.

agm16The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) is pleased to announce the opening of registration for its 46th Annual General Meeting, Conference & Exhibition to be held from October 16-19, 2016. This year, the Shipping Association of Trinidad & Tobago (SATT) will be hosting our delegates in their beautiful twin island republic.

This year’s conference promises to be dynamic, providing interesting  and current topics for discussion, excellent networking opportunities, and the announcement of the Ports of the Year winners for 2015.

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IMG 0244 1Following the successful staging of our training programmes since the start of 2016, the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) is powering ahead with several new training offerings over the next few months.

Applications are invited for the LIEBHERR MOBILE HARBOUR CRANES: EFFICIENT AND SAFE OPERATION TRAINING PROGRAMME, which is set for August 30 to September 1, 2016 at Liebherr’s facilities in Hialeah Gardens, Florida.  The training is free of charge to participants who only have to cover the airfare and hotel accommodations at a rate of USD $109.00 per day. Download programme overview here

Photo: Cruise Industry Seminar in St. Lucia in session


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