POINTE BLANCHE:—- Port St. Maarten will be represented at the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) 16th CSA Executives Conference (CSEC) that is being held in collaboration with the Curacao Ports Authority in Curacao from May 8 to May 10.
CSEC will bring together shipping executives, industry leaders, port authorities and renowned speakers who will be addressing topics such as value deployment; cyber security; inspection and compliance; air freight shipping; Caribbean Maritime Business Opportunities; and CARIBMEPA.
Port St. Maarten is looking forward to meeting with colleagues from the cargo terminal and shipping industry to exchange information and ideas essential to the development of the aforementioned sector, Port St. Maarten Cargo and Terminal Operations Manager Roger Lawrence said on Thursday.
Port St. Maarten’s transshipment cargo operations have grown to double digits when one looks at the 2015 and 2016 figures of 12 per cent; provisioning numbers have also grown over the same period with a 32.5 percent increase; overall total throughput has increased by three per cent over the same period. Growth for 2017 is expected to continue at a steady pace.
“We must persist in looking at current trends within the market and ensuring that we continue to stay abreast of all changing dynamics within this industry. By attending CSEC, as a port we are assured that we will be getting that information,” Port St. Maarten Cargo and Terminal Operations Manager Roger Lawrence added.
CSA was established in 1971 to facilitate the development of an efficient, viable Caribbean shipping industry. Since then, the Association has become the voice of the region’s shipping industry and a major regional forum in which matters relevant to the growth and development of Caribbean shipping are discussed.
The CSA represents its membership in relevant regional hemispheric groupings, associations, and organizations – governmental, multilateral and private sector; and maintains Observer status with leading Caribbean multilateral bodies CARICOM and the Association of Caribbean States.
Caribbean Shipping Association represents private and public sector interests across the entire Caribbean area, including South, Central, and North American ports; in all four major language groups – English, French, Spanish, and Dutch. The CSA uses English as its official language.
CSA membership includes 12 national shipping associations and over 100 individual member entities, including port authorities, terminal operators, shipping agents, shipping lines, tug and salvage companies, consultants, freight forwarders, leasing companies and others.
PHOTO CUTLINE: Cargo operations underway at Port St. Maarten.
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About Port St. Maarten
Port St. Maarten comprises of 13 companies responsible for most of the country’s maritime activities. The operations at Port St. Maarten can be summarized into four pillars of Cruise, Cargo, Yachting and Real Estate. The Dr. A.C. Wathey Cruise & Cargo Facilities catered to over 2 million cruise passengers in 2014 and has since 2010 been receiving more than 1.5 million annually. The cargo facilities have led to a steady growth in containerized business making the island a hub for the North Eastern Caribbean where it concerns transshipment services. The port caters to the Giga yachts and vessels providing berthing and fueling services to this sector. Port St. Maarten also owns and manages a wide range of commercial real estate across the country.
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Source: St. Martin News Network
Port St. Maarten to attend Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference .