BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday October 20, 2011 – The high level of training and execution by safety and security personnel at Barbados’ lone seaport has paid off with the Bridgetown Port Inc. copping an award as the safest port in the Caribbean.
This honour was bestowed by the Caribbean Shipping Association’s (CSA) at its annual Gala Banquet and Port Awards, held at the Hilton Barbados recently.
David Jean-Marie, action chief executive officer for the Barbados Port Inc accepted the award in the category ‘Safety and Security’ on behalf of the Bridgetown Port.
Jean-Marie said that he was truly delighted that the Bridgetown Port was able to win this prestigious award. “This award is indeed a deserved one, given the emphasis that the Bridgetown port places on ensuring that it executes and maintains the highest levels of safety and security. What I appreciate even more is that my peers in the shipping industry have recognized our efforts. I congratulate my colleagues at the Barbados Port Inc. as well as the other ports across the Caribbean, that have been awarded tonight. ”
The awards ceremony was the final event of the 41st Annual General Meeting, Conference and Exhibition. Over 250 shipping industry leaders from across the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe attended the three-day conference, which was sponsored by the Shipping Association of Barbados and Barbados Port Inc.
Other winners for the night were; Kingston Wharves Limited (Jamaica) in two categories, namely: ‘Efficiency’ and ‘Growth and Development’. Fort-de-France was also cited for ‘Dependability’ and for the first time, was named ‘Best Container Terminal’.
The port of Paramaribo (Suriname) copped the top award for the night; winning the Luddy Stewart trophy for ‘Best Multi-purpose Terminal’.
The awards followed an assessment of entries submitted by 10 regional marine terminals and were based on terminal performance in calendar year 2010.
The CSA was established in 1971 to facilitate development of an efficient, viable Caribbean shipping industry. It 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.
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.