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The General Council of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) had its first meeting of the year in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 16, 2017.CSA GC Ft Lauderdale 17 1

This was the first time that the new General Council was meeting in an official capacity since being elected at the CSA’s Annual General Meeting held in Port of Spain, Trinidad, last October. Consequently, this was also the first General Council meeting attended by the newest members of the Executive, Group D Chairman Martin Medina, and Tom Paelink who were elected at the Trinidad AGM last October.

Photo: The General Council discusses the Association’s business at its first meeting of 2017

“This year, for the first in a long time the General Council meeting was held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which is a change from the traditional venue in Kingston, Jamaica where the Secretariat has its offices. We are happy to say that it was quite a productive meeting with key decisions being taken which will guide the operations of the Association for the rest of the year,” said President David Jean Marie.

The council focused on upcoming CSA events, including the various training courses being offered to its membership and plans for the 2017 Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference to be held in Curacao in May.

Members, Colleagues and Partners,

DavidJeanMarie-CSA-PresidentAs 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.

mit1The 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.

training developmentOnce 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. 

Click here to download and complete the attached application form for submission to the CSA.

image010The 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.

 
 
 
 

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