Caribbean Shipping Association conference records largest-ever delegation
Marc Sampson re-elected president
The Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) re-elected Marc Sampson as president for a third consecutive term, amid a record turnout for its 53rd Annual General Meeting, Conference, and Exhibition.
Hosted by the Shipping Association of Trinidad and Tobago, the event welcomed approximately 500 delegates to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
In addition to Sampson’s re-election, William Brown was re-elected as vice-president, reinforcing delegates’ confidence in the strong leadership at the helm of the CSA.
The CSA’s Annual General Meeting, Conference, and Exhibition is a flagship event for the maritime industry in the Caribbean, bringing together industry leaders, stakeholders, and experts to discuss and shape the future of shipping in the region.
The opening day of this two-day conference was marked by a series of enlightening discussions and presentations. The topics covered included:
Shipping Industry Self-Regulation in the Caribbean; Green Shipping Corridors Initiative; and Against The Current: Charting The Course For Sustainable Maritime Business.
The conference’s highlight was the keynote address delivered by Shane Ram of ShaneRam Coaching and Consulting. Ram’s speech, titled ‘Navigating Uncharted Waters: Embracing Anti-fragility For A Future-Ready Caribbean Shipping Industry’, provided valuable insights into embracing change and building resilience in the face of uncertainty. His expertise in coaching and consulting added significant value to the discussions held during the event.
Sampson, in his address to delegates, expressed his gratitude for the continued support of the CSA members and their confidence in his leadership. “This event signifies a momentous occasion for us as we come together to share knowledge, experiences, and insights that will shape the future of shipping and logistics in the Caribbean region. This conference is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our association and its members,” he said.
He emphasised his devotion to advancing the CSA’s mission of promoting and developing the shipping industry in the Caribbean. “Over the past two years, the CSA has had some significant achievements,” Sampson said, adding that recent partnerships with the Inter-American Development Bank, Women in Maritime Caribbean, CariPorts and others “will harness our combined expertise and resources to develop projects, offer technical support, and facilitate the exchange of knowledge within the sector.”
The Caribbean Shipping Association serves as the voice of the Caribbean shipping and logistics industry, dedicated to promoting efficiency, sustainability, and competitiveness in the region’s maritime sector. With a rich history spanning over five decades, the CSA brings together stakeholders from across the industry to address challenges, foster innovation, and drive growth in Caribbean shipping.