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Former Port Authority head Noel Hylton dies

Published:Saturday | February 24, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Former Port Authority of Jamaica head Noel Hylton

Former head of the Port Authority of Jamaica Noel Hylton has died.

He was 86.

Hylton, who dedicated many years to public service, worked at the Port Authority as chairman and chief executive officer from 1975 to 2013.

He also served as the chairman of the Police Service Commission and Air Jamaica. 

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips describes Hylton as a giant of public service to Jamaica and a well-respected professional globally. 

“Having served for many decades at the Port Authority of Jamaica, he was most instrumental in establishing the trans-shipment facilities at the port,” Phillip said.

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“His unique administrative skills and expertise were often called upon by many locally and across the globe and this established him as a giant of shipping in the world.” 

IN PHOTO: From left: Professor Gordon Shirley, president and CEO of the Port Authority of Jamaica; P.J. Patterson, former prime minister; Dr Omar Davies, former minister of transport, works and housing; Noel Hylton, former PAJ chairman, president and CEO; and Robert Pickersgill, former minister of water, land, environment and climate change, cut the magnificent cake representing Jamaica's shipping industry at a farewell function held in Hylton's honour on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

It was Hylton's passion to expand the nation's port facilities and trans-shipment infrastructure and re-brand Jamaica as a major point for shipping.

"For me, it was a great honour to have worked closely with him while I was Minister of Transport and Works and later again while I was at the Ministry of National Security," Phillips said.