The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) has partnered with two higher education institutions, the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) in Jamaica and the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago, to promote specialized training as a means to raising standards in regional shipping.
For several decades, Caribbean ports have talked around the need for regional collaboration in an effort to bolster their ability to compete in an increasingly competitive shipping environment. While these discussions have resulted in little real action, developments particularly at competing ports in the United States are presenting opportunities for the Caribbean to leverage our collective advantages in response to the cries of shipping lines facing mounting challenges at some of their current ports of call.
Port congestion has become the Achilles heel of US West Coast ports over the last six months, as they struggle to counter the growth of the All Water Route via the Panama Canal which, as expected, is bringing greater volumes from G6 Alliance members. There have been reports of delays of up to three weeks, heightened by unstable labour relations and the unreliability of critical support from providers of trucking services.
Terminal de la Pointes des Grieves of Martinique and Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) of Jamaica 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.