Maritime Authority hosts port seminar

With new shipping and port rules in place in the Caribbean, those involved in the sector are taking the opportunity to share ideas with their peers in the region.

The Maritime Authority of the Cayman Islands, the parent organisation of the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry, recently hosted the first Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding Port State Control seminar for port state control officer from 7 to 9 July at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort.

‘The seminar was directed at port state control officers at an intermediate level and was intended to be a sharing of ideas and experience, to promote better consistency throughout the region and to develop the port state control activities within the memorandum of understanding as a whole,’ said Peter Southgate, deputy divisional director of the Authority in charge of global safety and compliance.

‘From all reports, I think we succeeded.’

Port State Control is conducted by maritime authorities around the globe who inspect foreign ships that call into national ports in order to ensure that the condition of the ship and its equipment comply with the requirements of international regulations and that the ship is manned and operated in compliance with those rules.

Delegates from Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, the Netherlands Antilles, Suriname, and the U.S. attended the conference.

Local Maritime Authority delegates included Senior Surveyor Duncan Currie, Surveyor Trainee Saagar Kadiyala; Surveyor Intern Vassel Johnson III, and Maritime Officer for survey administration Krista Dixon.

The Chairman of the CMOU Port State Control Committee, Dwight Gardiner of Antigua and Barbuda, addressed the seminar and noted that training is one of the major objectives of the event.

‘Continuous training of Port State Control Officers is necessary due to instruments, protocols and amendments that are constantly evolving under the aegis of the International Maritime Organization and the International Labour Organisation,’ he noted.

‘The Caymanian Administration has set the standard for workshops and meetings,’ he said.

The Seminar was an interactive event and the Caribbean secretariat arranged for contributions from high profile international speakers. These included Markus Helavuori, Maritime Inspector for the Finnish Maritime Administration; Joe Riva, Assistant Chief Surveyor – Americas for the American Bureau of Shipping, and Tio C. Devaney, Development Manager for Lloyd’s Register – North America.

Topics for presentations and discussions included an update on activities by the Caribbean secretariat; the Paris Memorandum of Understanding; the International Convention on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships; port state control measures, prevention, and deficiencies; oil tanker related issues; the Anti-Fouling Systems Convention; a statutory update on port state control enforcement; the Ballast Water Management Convention, and a workshop on lifeboat safety.

Seminar Chairman Peter Southgate was supported by a number of MACI personnel during the 3-day event, including business development and client relationships manager Nancylee Bodden, events coordinator Dorisley Jackson, senior client service officer Katrina Pona, technical compliance coordinator Collin McRae, and management trainee Shawanna Hera.

Overall, the feedback from the attendees was extremely positive and the justification for future events clearly established, said Mr. Southgate.

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