JOC.COM Report: Latin America and Caribbean terminal operators will face different national rules regarding the SOLAS container weight verification rule, adding another layer of difficulty to an already tricky process, according to speakers at the Caribbean Shipping Association Executives’ Conference near Port Canaveral, Florida.

shipping containers 38The International Maritime Organization’s rule that all containers be accompanied with a verified gross mass before they are loaded onto a ship takes effect July 1 and unease is growing that the rule will impact container line operations and cause delays worldwide.

The Caribbean and Latin America will offer a unique perspective on how implementing the VGM measure will work because the relatively small region is loaded with bureaucracy-heavy governments — including several small, economically challenged, import-dependent nations with only one port — and regional shipping businesses that cross more than one border.

CSEC 2016 Opening Ceremony2The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) in collaboration with the Canaveral Port Authority formally opened the 15th Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference on Monday May 16 at the Hilton Hotel Cocoa Beach, Florida.

This annual event, which is one of two annual conferences of the CSA, focuses on global trends, technological innovation and industry policy issues that directly impact maritime and logistics businesses in the Caribbean and Latin America. 

The cargo shipping industry is tackling trade with Cuba, climate change and environmental issues starting Sunday in Cocoa Beach.

The event for the Caribbean Shipping Association features experts on global goals for limiting greenhouse gases, disaster response and insurance issues throughout the two-day schedule.

Monday’s Cuba talk on integrating Cuba into Caribbean trade features two speakers from Havana: Ricardo Torres, economist from University of Havana, and Charles Baker, director general of the shipping container terminal at Port of Mariel in Cuba.

On Tuesday at 2 p.m., two speakers will address how to handle disasters and climate change: Rick Murrell, chairman and president of shipping giant Tropical Shipping; and Charles Serrano, director of Cuba Trade for the Antilles Strategy Group.
Port Canaveral is hosting the conference, which will be held nearby at the Hilton Oceanfront Cocoa Beach.

The conference will be addressing concerns over a recent maritime study on greenhouse gas emissions, conducted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which estimated that for the period 2007 – 2012, shipping accounted for, on average, 2.7% of annual global carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. That amount is also growing, according to the study.

“Players in the maritime sector have been called upon to do more – as individual ships will have to take steps to reduce emissions by 30% by 2030,” according a news release from the CSA.

Other guests include Ruben Ramos Arrieta, counselor for the economic and trade office at the Cuban Embassy in Washington D.C., and Angus Friday, ambassador of Grenada to the United States (invited).

Full conference admission is $750, while a one-day pass is $250, for non-members. 

Six Ship Sunday Feb15 2015 IMG 2905-IAMrevPort Canaveral, as Central Florida’s growing cargo hub will roll out the carpet for Shipping Executives from the Caribbean and Latin America at the upcoming Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) mid-year conference. From May 16-18, the Canaveral Port Authority will play host to delegates from the region’s Logistics and Shipping industry, all eager to get the latest industry updates first hand and explore new networking opportunities. The conference will be held at the Hilton Oceanfront Cocoa Beach hotel on Florida's Space Coast, steps from beautiful beaches and minutes from Port Canaveral.

It begins with an official opening ceremony featuring a Processional presentation of colours by the Cocoa Beach High School cadets. The official welcome of the delegates will be done by the President of Florida Port’s Council Doug Wheeler who will be introduced by Jerry Allender, Chairman of the Canaveral Port Authority. David Jean Marie, the President of the Caribbean Shipping Association will address the gathering, while Juan Carlos Croston, CSA Vice President will deliver the vote of thanks. After this, participants will delve into myriad topics related to Cuba’s maritime economy and trade.

Port Canaveral  has been leveraging its location, growth potential, expertise and resources to expand its world-class cargo operations. It is increasing capacity, building new facilities; and improving its channel to establish the deepest, most accessible East Coast port in Central Florida by 2020.

Cargo operations at Port Canaveral make the most of its geography, reaching a population more than 58 million people in the Southeast United States, as well as markets in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe.


WAVE 1There is still time to register for the annual staging of the Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA’s) Caribbean Shipping Executives’ Conference (CSEC), set for May 16-18, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel & Resorts in the quaint and eclectic town of Cocoa Beach, Florida.

CSEC 2016, the most notable mid-year meeting of high-level shipping industry professionals in the Caribbean and Latin America, will see delegates probing a comprehensive series of topics at this much anticipated event. This year’s conference promises engaging presentations on Cuba delivered by a line-up of high-profile speakers who are experts in their respective fields. These resource persons will provide key perspectives on maritime trade with the Spanish-speaking Caribbean territory in the wake of the easing of trade restrictions by the United States and the historic visit to that country by President Barack Obama. The impact of these trade movements on shipping and logistics in this hemisphere will be addressed by Cuban-natives including envoy Ruben Ramos Arrieta from the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Washington, and Dr. Ricardo Torres, Research Economist from the University of Havana.


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