Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) of Jamaica and Terminal de la Pointes des Grieves of Martinique are the top winners of this year’s Caribbean Shipping Association’s
Terminal de la Pointes des Grieves won the Terminal of the Year award.
Five sectional prizes were awarded to other terminals in the region: Grand Port Maritime de Guadeloupe won the award for Port Dependability and Flexibility; Sociedad Portuaria de Santa Marta, Colombia received the award for Port Efficiency and Productivity; Manzanillo International Terminal, Panama was cited for Growth, Development and Improvement; Kingston Container Terminal, Jamaica won for Security; and DP World Caucedo, Dominican Republic was awarded the prize for Port Environment, Health and Safety.
Ports and terminals who participate in the Port Awards competition are judged on their performance during the previous calendar year. The Port Awards was established in 1987 with the aim of promoting the improvement of regional port operations.
Grantley Stephenson, president of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA), has assured delegates attending the 44th annual general meeting, conference and exhibition of the CSA that the association remains committed to its mission to execute training initiatives to safeguard the future of the shipping industry in the region.
Stephenson was speaking during the opening of the conference now underway in the Dominican Republic. The conference is being hosted by the CSA in partnership with the Dominican Republic Shipping Association at the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort in Punta Cana.
“The Caribbean Shipping Association must continue to help to define and clarify the changing world in which its members’ businesses operate and prepare the next generation of Caribbean shipping executives in the way that we have been prepared to lead,” Stephenson said, adding that “the present members are heirs to those visionaries who set the stage for one of the most successful attempts at collaboration in this region.”
The CSA president added, “for that reason, we are grateful for the increased levels of assistance provided by members of the Association toward the training programmes that we have initiated during my presidency. For example, our Training Trust Fund received contributions amounting to US$52,500.00 based on an appeal made at our AGM in Panama last year.”