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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.

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.


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