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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

Inaugural Caribbean Port Management Workshop quite a success

Representatives of the regional port management community converged on Panama City late in January 2018 to spend time together addressing urgent issues directly related to the operation and survival of marine ports and terminals across the Caribbean-Latin American region.

report1 img thumbnail1They were to spend three days in workshop sessions and site visits at the inaugural PMAC-Portside Caribbean Port Management Workshop. This annual event initiated by Portside Caribbean and presented in collaboration with the Port Management Association of the Caribbean (PMAC) and Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), was held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Panama City, January 22, 23 and 24, and was hosted by Manzanillo International Terminal.

It was a great success, with participation of over 70 surpassing expectations.

The next will be in Jamaica, in January 2019.

Caribbean Port Management Workshop 2018

Participants chose one of two concurrent Tracks to attend on Day 1. Track 1 was Climate Change. Six topics were presented in this Track: Ecosystem services used to protect coasts and harbours; Use of remote sensing technologies for bathymetry and monitoring; Climate change expectancies for the Caribbean region; Shoreline management and a changing climate; Optimising harbour designs to cope with climate changes; and, Use of a novel port management system with focus on water-related challenges.

Track 2, Disaster Preparedness and Relief, consisted of six topics: three dealing with man-made disasters and, specifically, management and response to oil spills and including firefighting. Three topics dealt with natural disasters using data and experiences still fresh from the 2017 hurricane season which devastated many ports in the region.

Caribbean Port Management Workshop 2018

Track 3, on day 2, brought all participants together for discussions about a regional quick-response disaster relief and assistance network. This discussion included some 13 PMAC member ports, the OAS-CIP and a number of Caribbean entities including CARICOM and its Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which signed a Memorandum of Understanding with PMAC and the Caribbean Maritime University. The pact will allow them to continue working on matters of mutual interest.

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