Members, Colleagues and Partners,
As we all celebrate the start of a new year filled with possibility, I want to take the opportunity to say thank you for your consistent support of the Caribbean Shipping Association and its programmes and projects last year. We truly feel blessed to have so much goodwill and commitment from across the Region and indeed the globe to put wind in our sails so we can meet our many challenges in 2017.
Thanks especially for the outpouring of support for our donations to the citizens of Haiti who were tragically impacted by Hurricane Matthew. We raised a significant sum which we know will go a far way in the relief efforts.
The year just ended was a tumultuous one, marked by significant changes in the sector that have impacted how we operate and have forced us to be very agile for sheer survival and to ensure the continuous improvement in our operations. We have had strategise and re-strategise to withstand the impact of the acquisitions, mergers, & bankruptcies which transformed the world’s marine cargo sector and sent our hemisphere into a tailspin.
The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) is pleased to announce its second exchange training programme for 2017.
This will be done in collaboration with the Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) in Panama and will see the sharing of knowledge, experience, and best practices across national borders. MIT has a technologically advanced operation, with skilled and experienced personnel and world-class service delivery.
The CSA-MIT training initiative is scheduled for March 20-24, 2017, and offers the opportunity for marine terminal personnel from across the Caribbean and Latin American region to immerse themselves in the operations of a modern port facility.
Once again, the Caribbean Shipping Association is providing members with a chance to participate in a study tour showcasing best practice operations at the Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) operated port facility in Kingston, Jamaica.
The Exchange Study Programme will be held February 20 – 24, 2017. The programme’s maximum capacity is 8 and therefore preference will be given to applicants who have never participated in previous programmes.
The CSA and the host port will offset costs associated with hotel accommodation, daily lunches and transportation between the hotel and training facilities, as well as delivery of the training course in Kingston. Participants will be required to make their own arrangements for airfare and airport transfers. The Caribbean Shipping Association will be providing accommodations at the Four Seasons Hotel. Please ensure that your registration is accompanied by a confirmed itinerary.
The 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.
The 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.