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Executives from shipping lines, ship’s agents, customs and maritime authorities, agencies, ports and terminals across this hemisphere who represent the largest and most influential shipping and logistics interests are now arriving in Port of Spain for three days of discourse, information exchange and networking as the Shipping Association of Trinidad & Tobago hosts the Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA) 46th Annual General Meeting, Conference & Exhibition from October 17-19, 2016.

The almost 350 registered participants, hailing not only from the Caribbean, but North, South and Central America,as well as Europe, will enjoy the benefits of involvement in the region's premier international maritime executives’ conference while experiencing exceptional networking opportunities at a business exposition for suppliers of key products and services. The event kicks off at the Hyatt Regency Port of Spain hotel, where CSA President David Jean Marie will welcome delegates.

The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) will tend to the business of the organization at its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, ahead of the offical opening. A special highlight of the day’s activities will be a presentation by National Energy Corporation of Trinidad & Tobago Ltd (NEC).

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Speaker-01-01A distinguished panel of speakers has been assembled for the Shipping Executives’ Conference accompanying the CSA’s 2016 Annual General Meeting at the Hyatt Regency, Trinidad, this October 17th – 19th. The group comprises sought-after, international experts, who will lead a series of probing discussions on a wide range of issues set to influence maritime trade beyond 2016. This continues the CSA’s tradition of providing a platform which advances the region’s shipping industry, through thought-leading discourse and networking with influencers and other high-level professionals at the forefront of global shipping and logistics.

Delegates attending the Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA) 46th Annual General Meeting, Conference & Exhibition in Trinidad are in for a treat this year with the traditional end of conference gala taking an even more sophisticated twist.

The CSA’s highly anticipated annual Port Awards Competition is the high point of the 3-day event, when the CSA’s Port Awards Committee reviews the business performance of participating ports to determine which one stands above the rest. This year organisers will be hosting a masked ball, giving delegates a chance to bring their personal style and creativity with their masks and outfits for the evening of festivities.

The Caribbean Port Awards competition has helped to attract new business for regional seaports and terminal operators in the Caribbean and Latin American region and has helped to validate the efforts and initiatives taken by local port authorities and terminals to upgrade and improve their facilities. This competition therefore serves as a significant marketing platform for Caribbean ports and terminals to introduce their development and expansion programmes to a global audience.

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IMG 6524Trainees from across the Caribbean and Florida recently benefitted from the Liebherr Mobile Harbour Cranes: Efficient and Safe Operation Training Programme. The training course was done at Liebherr’s facilities in Hialeah Gardens, Florida from August 30 to September 1, 2016 under a longstanding partnership with the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) to offer affordable training options to employees in the shipping, logistics and supply chain sectors in the Region.

As part of its 2016 slate of Training programmes, the CSA collaborated with Liebherr  to offer the training free of charge to all the participants, who only had to cover their airfare and hotel accommodations. Even the hotel offered a discounted CSA rate of USD $109.00 per day.

The logistics arm of shipping company CMA CGM plans to hire around 20 local staff for a unit in Jamaica.

The company secured an empty warehouse and will now begin hiring staff and renting equipment, but is signaling it will begin as a small operation.

"We need a lot of things, but it will not be in high quantities in the beginning. I will not need 25 forklifts, but maybe in a year's time, if we can attract an international company - just one or two - then volume would be huge," said Nicholas Tellier, deputy managing director at CMA CGM Logistics.

"We will start from an empty warehouse. There is nothing inside. In the coming weeks, we are going to make a checklist of what to do to start the operations - whether it will be 10 people or 20 people," he said on Friday following a speech delivered at the Talking Exports Breakfast Series hosted by Jamaica Exporters Association.

 
 
 
 

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