World Maritime Day – Celebrating Caribbean Ports and Shipping
It is World Maritime Day today, which brings together 168 UN Member States and three associate members.
Its also a day to celebrate all maritime services, ports and shipping!
The Caribbean islands are a maritime peoples whose cultures and histories have all been entirely shaped by the ocean that encloses, separates and but also brings them together.
The International Maritime Organisation is based in the UK with about 300 international staff and its brief is to develop and maintain a framework of regulated agreement. This framework is an ongoing work in progress on global shipping that includes safety, environmental concerns, legal matters, technical co-operation, maritime security and the efficiency of shipping.
The Caribbean islands support port and shipping infrastructure which is often out of proportion to the size of the island nation. Nevertheless they manage to consistently stay funded and modern in a difficult environment.
Some of the Caribbean island ports of today provide the dual services of a busy, efficient 24 hour cargo facility alongside a cruiseship port that creates an attractive gateway to the island.
Award winning Barbados continually modernises its port and its new Sugar Point Cruise Facility will be state of the art.
The Chief Executive Officer of Baird & Associates, Kevin Macintosh, says Barbadians can be assured that the new Sugar Point Cruise Facility will be a world-class facility. “I’ve worked in coastal engineering around the world, over 30 years, this is one of the most exciting and well done projects. I have been in Barbados every month for the last ten years and I would say that it is a wonder and necessary development for the country.”
Port Castries in St. Lucia, north of Barbados, is another award winning “Best Caribbean Port”, and “Most Improved Port Facilities Award and Best Destination Experience in 2008 by Dream World Cruises.” amongst many others. Port Castries, which is managed and operated by the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA), welcomes over 300 cruise ships and handles approximately 600,000 cruise passengers per year.
Today we should celebrate all of those Port Authorities and Organisations in the islands who keep our essential lifelines open and our shipping safe! Thank-you!Share this article on