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Crisis Management Course Huge Success in Paramaribo

“Each day ended great!”

The three-day Crisis Management Course conducted in Paramaribo during October 24th until October 26th was a huge success. This was the first time such a course was hosted by the Suriname Port Management Company, under the auspices of PMAC.

Linda Profijt del Prado, Executive Assistant of PMAC, while highlighting the importance of permanent education and the need to maximize human resources in an increasingly competitive global environment, referred to PMAC’s mission “to improve the proficiency of member ports and the quality of services offered to their users, specifically through the facilitation of relevant training designed to develop worker's competencies, and meet the ever-increasing challenges of the global environment.” She noted that the subject, while relatively new, is becoming increasingly important, and concluded that this course was a perfect example of what PMAC could do to achieve their mission.

The twenty (20) participants of this course came from:

  • Port Authority St Vincent and the Grenadines

  • Suriname Port Management Company

  • Fernandes Bottling Company NV

  • United Suriname Holding Company

  • SOL Suriname NV

  • Integra Port Service/DP World Paramaribo

  • Maritime Authority Suriname

  • Suriname American Industries Ltd (Sail NV)

Participants strongly endorsed the course, especially because of the fast-paced developments in the world, and the continuously improving international standards of good practise regarding management of crises and disasters. Most subjects were important eye-openers for the participants, showing the complexity of crisis management, and the significant amount of unexpected relationships established during a crisis. This prompted the suggestion that there should have been government representation at the course, and some participants solicited Consultant, Mr. Bernard Groot’s support to prepare companies, ports etc. for crisis and disaster management, via his lectures and drills.

The course ended with an examination where the participants sat in the “hot seat” solving a severe crisis in the harbour. As one of the participants described; “the final exercise was tough, I almost could feel the pressure building up”. Fortunately, everybody was well prepared and passed the examination with good results.

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On Wednesday October 26, 2016 Drs. Talea, CEO of the Suriname Ports Management Company proudly presented the diplomas to all crisis coordinators. During the ceremony he stressed the importance of crisis management and the need to prepare, for “if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail!’. He urged the crisis coordinators to convince their CEO’s about the need for crisis and disaster preparation, and expressed the hope that this course would mark a significant development in the area of crisis and disaster management for all PMAC members, as well as in Suriname.

Source: Linda Profijt del Prado

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