The future of the shipping industry will take precedence at the 44th annual general meeting, conference and exhibition of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) to be held from October 13 – 15, 2014.
The conference, hosted by the CSA in collaboration with the Asociacion de Navieros de la Republica Dominicana (Shipping Association of the Dominican Republic) is being held at the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
High on the agenda is the topic: ‘The Next 50 Years of Shipping’. Noted maritime analyst Lars Jensen, chief executive officer of SeaIntel Consulting, will explore the topic using current data.
The Nicaraguan Canal Project, a potential rival to the Panama Canal, will also be discussed in a session being addressed by Dr. Paul Oquist, Private Secretary of National Policy Presidency of the Republic of Nicaragua. The project, which is said to be scheduled for a December 2014 start, is being funded through Chinese investment and could cost a minimum of USD 40 billion.
Discussions will continue on the cruise industry. Michael Ronan, retired Vice President of Government Relations, Caribbean, Latin America and Asia for Royal Caribbean International and Celebrity Cruises, will examine ‘The Present and Future of the Cruise Industry in the Caribbean’.
In keeping with its objective to develop human capital in the maritime industry, the CSA has on the agenda, ‘People – The Missing Link: Social Engineering and the Cost to your Operations’. This topic will be presented by Jayson Street-Senior Partner, Krypton Security.
Other topics for discussion include: ‘natural gas energy in the Caribbean’; ‘the role of tug services in competitiveness of terminals and shipping lines’; ‘marine litter - its effects on ports, ships and marine life’; ‘design and optimization of cost effective warehouses’.
The conference will also feature presentations from Ports of the Dominican Republic – Haina International Terminal; DP World Caucedo-Morten and San Souci Ports.