Port reps off to Panama to discuss rebound with PMAC


PORT–Port St. Maarten Management and Operations representatives will be attending the three-day Caribbean Port Management Workshop, organised and presented by the Port Management Association of the Caribbean (PMAC).

The three-day event is taking place in Panama January 22-24 and is bringing together regional maritime sector representatives who will be discussing the type and nature of last year’s destruction caused by several major hurricanes, and what technologies, systems and networks are now necessary to deal with future hurricanes.

Also part of the organisation of the workshop are Portside Caribbean and Caribbean Maritime University. The Panama Manzanillo International Terminal (MIT) is hosting the workshop that will be held at Sheraton Grand Hotel. The workshop provides an early opportunity to analyse and initiate plans and strategies ahead of the 2018 hurricane season.


Port St. Maarten and other representatives will share their experiences regarding the type and nature of port infrastructure damage and how defensive systems performed or failed under the onslaught of 2017’s mega-hurricanes on cruise ports and cargo terminals that were recently affected by destruction of land and port assets.

PMAC founding started with an inaugural meeting in Antigua on June 26, 1998, having succeeded the Port Management Association of the Eastern Caribbean established on May 16, 1988.

PMAC’s main objective is 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 maximise human resources and effectively meet the ever-increasing challenges of the global environment.

Moreover, amidst developments within the maritime industry the Association strives to remain relevant by providing critical services to members, which entail the sharing of experience, information and ideas, as well as advocacy and representation at multilateral levels.

PMAC’s mission is 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.

Current membership includes port organisations of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, the British Virgin Islands, French St. Martin, French Guyane, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, the Cayman Islands, Dutch St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Turks and Caicos Islands. There are also a number of associate members.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/72945-port-reps-off-to-panama-to-discuss-rebound-with-pmac