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Our Mission Statement: To foster operational and financial efficiency, and to enhance the level of service to the mutual benefit of Caribbean Ports and their stakeholders, through the sharing of experience, training, information and ideas

Letter to PMAC Associates



I am pleased to inform that PMAC, in association with PORTSIDE CARIBBEAN and Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT), will be hosting its first annual Port Management Workshop in January, 2018. This is not a conference but a workshop for problem-solving and transfer of best practices.

The objective of these annual port management workshops is to promote sustainable development and safe and efficient operation of marine harbours, maritime cargo terminals; and wharf systems across the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.

This inaugural PMAC-PORTSIDE Port Management Workshop will be in Panama (Sheraton Grand) over three days (January 22, 23 and 24) and includes tours to the recently expanded Panama Canal and the new set of locks; Manzanillo International Terminal, one of the most technologically advanced terminals in the region; and, the site of the Regional Logistics Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (CLRAH).

The workshop will also have a special focus - the building of a quick-response Regional Disaster Assistance and Relief Network. The CLRAH will form a critical link in the Caribbean-wide quick- response disaster assistance and relief network which is now being seen as vitally necessary, given the catastrophic 2017 tropical hurricane season, and indications of more active hurricane seasons in the years to come. The workshop will also expose new and affordable satellite-based technologies and systems for protecting the environment and ecological balance in ports and harbours.

The ‘classroom’ workshop sessions will be delivered on the first two days of the event (January 22 and 23). The third day (January 24) is dedicated to site visits.

The classroom sessions will be presented in three ‘Tracks’. Tracks 1 and 2 are designed for different audiences. Track 3 is for all groups.

  • Track 1 examines how to employ recently available satellite-based technology that facilitates strategies to pre-empt or mitigate the effects of climate change, specifically as they affect coastal zones, aquatic fauna and vulnerable marine habitats. It is therefore of greater relevance (but not exclusive) to government ministries, port authorities, port planners and designers, the cruise ship industry and marine environmentalists.
  • Track 2, on the other hand, is concerned with coping 'after the fact'. It is therefore designed to be of particular interest to port managers, harbour masters, port and terminal port operators, emergency services providers, et al. 
  • Track 3 addresses design of a comprehensive and coordinated regional response to disasters. Discourse in this plenary will form the basis of a strategy for the development of the quick-response Regional Disaster Assistance and Relief Network. 

Caribbean Maritime University will award a certificate and one degree credit for the workshop. 

We look forward to your attendance in support of our efforts to ensure the successful inauguration of an informative, productive, relevant and useful annual workshop, designed to empower lead agencies and decision-makers and to promote safe and sustainable development. 


Yours Sincerely, 

Glenn Roach

Executive Secretary  

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