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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

NINETEENTH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE PORT MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION OF THE CARIBBEAN

The nineteenth Annual General Meeting of the Port Management Association of the Caribbean, held at the Four Seasons Resort, Nevis from June 22 – 24, 2016 featured expert presentations on a range of topics relevant to and supportive of effective and sustainable management of seaports and marine terminals across the Caribbean.

One significant highlight of this Annual General Meeting was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the OECS Commission , which seeks to strategically address matters regarding the efficiency of port management and operations in the Caribbean, including port infrastructural capabilities, safety and security, transportation logistics, skills and competencies of port personnel, and trade facilitation within the OECS Economic Union.

In addition to thirteen Member Ports and twelve Associate Member companies, the fifty-eight delegates attending the meeting represented strategic partners such as the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), and the Gulf Ports Association of the Americas (GPA), as well as observer organisations, including the Caribbean Development Bank, Liebherr USA Co., Transocean Shipping, and CSS Pulse.

The Strategic Session of the first day included:

  • Panel discussions on the topics ‘Ports United for the Future’ featuring representatives of PMAC, AAPA, GPAA, and the OECS, as well as, ‘Competency Based Training, Assessment and Certification’ featuring representatives of Barbados Port Inc., Caribbean Maritime Institute, and the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Council of Barbados.
  • Presentation by delegation of the Caribbean Development Bank regarding potential areas for collaboration and funding.
  • Joint presentation by Tysers and International General Insurers regarding a “PMAC Insurance Solution with Global Reach”.

The deliberations of the second day focused on administrative and reporting activities including presentation and review of the annual Financial Statement and Budget, as well as Associate Member, Executive, Training, and individual member Country Reports.

The Technical Session of the final day followed an evening of fine dinner and a cultural presentation, and consisted of well prepared and delivered presentations of topics which included, remaining competitive and relevant in the Caribbean port environment, IMO developments on measures to prevent the loss of containers, strategic asset management and corporate indicators for port managers, the propriety of shore power for ports, implementation of a Port Community System by the Port Authority of Jamaica, and climate change and sustainable port development and management.

The meeting concluded with the Awards Dinner during which new Full Member, Port Authority of the Cayman Islands, and Associate Members, HE&W Consulting Inc., Saam Smit Towage, Stevedoring Services Limited, and Tysers Insurance Brokers, were acknowledged.

However, the honour of the evening’s main event went to the Antigua and Barbuda Port Authority which was awarded the Novaport Cup for the most improved port performance in 2014 - 2015.

The interesting and informative technical presentations, enthusiastic participation of delegates in the high standard of deliberations, and the warm hospitality of host, the Nevis Air and Sea Ports Authority, ensured a highly enjoyable and productive meeting.

Accordingly, the twentieth Annual General Meeting which will be hosted in June, 2017 by the Ports Authority of the Turks and Caicos Islands, is enthusiastically anticipated by Members, Associates and other delegates.

©2013 Port Management Association of the Caribbean

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