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image010The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) has inducted into its Hall of Fame members of the regional shipping fraternity who have made outstanding contributions.

At its annual graduation and awards ceremony held at the Jamaica Conference Centre on November 10, 2016, the maritime training body specially recognised the contributions of Corah Ann Robertson-Sylvester, who was recognised for outstanding service to the CMI and to the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA), where she served as its first female president. Robertson-Sylvester is the CEO of Seaboard Jamaica Limited and a member of the managing committee of the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ).

Photo: CMI Honours SAJ and CSA members From left: Michael Bernard, Marc Sampson, Fritz Pinnock, William Brown, Stephen Bell, Michael Thornhill, Corah Ann Robertson Sylvester and Malins-Smith at the CMI's graduation and awards ceremony held in Kingston.

Stephen Bell, regional vice-president of Seaboard Marine Limited, received recognition for development of the Caribbean shipping industry. He recently served as Group 'C' chairman on the CSA's General Council.

Roland Malins-Smith was also inducted into the CMI Hall of Fame for his contributions to the development of the Caribbean shipping industry. Malins-Smith founded regional shipping line Seafreight Line Ltd and Seafreight Agencies Inc, and served the CSA as president of Group C more than once. He was also honoured by the CSA at its Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference in Cocoa Beach, Florida in May this year.

The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA’s) 46th AGM, Exhibition & Conference which was held in Port of Spain, Trinidad from October 17-19, 2016 provided the perfect occasion for the association and the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business to renew their collaboration on the provision of training for the region’s students pursuing maritime careers.

DJM-ALJThe new MOU replaces the previous agreement which only gave provisions for the Master in Port and Maritime Management. This MoU renewal is more encompassing and includes more academic and non-academic programmes.

In congratulating the CSA on its 46th annual Conference, Mrs. Nirmala Maharaj, Director, Internationalisation and Institutional Relations at the institution announced that the school this year became associate members of the Shipping Association of Trinidad and Tobago SATT, which played host to this year’s conference.

KWL2016-01Following a highly productive week of discussion and networking the Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA’s) 46TH AGM, Exhibition & Conference ended with a spectacular awards gala held in the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency in Port of Spain, Trinidad on October 19, 2016. The sophisticated theme of the event which saw most of the 370 delegates donning masks, provided an elegant backdrop for the announcement of the annual CSA Port Awards.

Kingston Wharves Limited emerged the big winner, taking the coveted Port of the Year Award to resounding acclaim from fellow members of the association, having earned the nod from the regional judges as the Best Multipurpose Port in the hemisphere.

The maritime industry is of particular importance with plans to diversify the T&T economy, Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon said yesterday.

“The strategic advantages that make this country ideal for maritime services are many, not the least of which is our geographic location below the hurricane belt. We are situated between key trade routes connecting the North and South American continents, and we possess a highly skilled workforce,” she said in opening remarks at the 46th Annual General Meeting, Conference and Exhibition of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain

The minister added that the timing could not have been better for a conference on the shipping industry to be hosted by this country: “It comes on the heels of the budget presentation in the House of Representatives for fiscal 2017. These are exciting times as there is a move to prioritise several sectors for diversification, one being the maritime industry—part of the thrust to expand this country’s exports and to transform the economy.”

IMG 0867A pledge of financial assistance to hurricane-ravaged Caribbean territory Haiti from President David Jean Marie marked the ceremonial opening of the Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA) 46th Annual General Meeting, Conference & Exhibition at the Hyatt Regency Port of Spain, Trinidad on Monday, October 17, 2016.

“There is a need for urgent humanitarian assistance to Haiti, given the level of destruction. In addition to the efforts we may be making individually or through our companies and countries, the General Council wishes to have the CSA involved in tangible ways. We have therefore commenced a drive to raise funds by pledging an initial USD 10,000, and we invite all our members and associates to contribute through the Secretariat. We will soon be writing you in this regard,” he said. 


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