The Caribbean Shipping Association is pleased to provide its stakeholders with exposure to best practice operations at the DP World operated port facility in Caucedo, Dominican Republic through this Terminal Exchange opportunity.
The study tour is open to 12 participants from companies in good standing with the CSA. The first six registrants will be immersed into the operations of DP World Caucedo over the period April 6 to 10, 2015, while the second group will commence on April 13th, running for a similar period.
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.