Saturday, 21 July 2012 02:30
By caribarena news
Antigua St. John’s - The Director and Registrar General of the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping, and the Antigua and Barbuda Ship and Yacht Registry, Mr. Dwight C.R Gardiner, was unanimously re-elected to serve as Chairman of the Caribbean Port State Control Committee (CPSCC).
During the17th annual meeting of the CPSCC, which was held in St. Kitts and Nevis from July 16 to 19, Mr. Gardiner, an attorney at law, Notary Public and a Captain in the Antigua and Barbuda Defence Force (Reserve), was elected to chair the organisation for another three years. In attendance at this year’s meeting were representatives from 13 of the 15 member States along with two observer States and other international organizations.
Mr. Gardiner holds an extensive and distinguished association with the CPSCC, having served for five years as Vice Chairman, and interim Chairman for one year. He was first elected Chairman during the 14th annual meeting.
The CPSCC is the executive body of the Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding (CMOU) on Port State Control, an organization committed to the eradication of sub standard shipping regionally and internationally. The organization was established pursuant to the CMOU on Port State Control and is just one of nine global port State control regimes which monitor the world’s oceans.
The CMOU on Port State Control is an agreement between 15 Caribbean States to achieve uniformity with respect to rules and standards relating the maritime safety and security and the prevention of maritime pollution by ships. The primary means of enforcing these international standards is by the inspection of foreign ships in national ports in order to verify that the ship is properly certified and is in compliance with the national, regional and international maritime requirements. This process is known as “port State control”.
The CPSCC consists of 15 member States: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Cuba, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, the Netherlands, St. Kitts and Nevis, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.
In addition to the member States are nine observer States: Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda, Dominica, France, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Turks and Caicos. The Secretariat of the Organization is based in Jamaica while its information center, known as the Caribbean Maritime Information Centre (CMIC), is located in Suriname.
Mr. Gardiner has been involved in the maritime sector for over 30 years. During his tenure as Chairman of the CPSCC, he has fully engaged with all the Member and Observer States with a view to assisting in the development of the regional maritime industry. Under his chairmanship, the CMOU experienced the following notable achievements: growth from 12 member States to 15; successfully held four PSC seminars for Port State Control Officers (PSCO) in the region; the development of a new PSCO manual; and a revision of the Caribbean MOU and Rules of Procedure of the MOU.
Mr Gardiner is also Antigua and Barbuda’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and his contributions to the maritime sector have also been recognised at home, and on the milestone of his having attained 30 years of service to the maritime industry in 2011.
Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Dr. Winston Baldwin Spencer gave official recognition to Mr. Gardiner’s sterling contribution to the national, regional and international industry by penning a letter to him in which he acknowledged Mr. Gardiner’s various achievements, and expressed heartfelt gratitude to for the exemplary service rendered.
He also noted that Mr. Gardiner was pivotal in the transformation of the Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping into a world class maritime administration.
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