Dueling shipping languages- Spanish speakers meet in Porto Cortes
English speakers in Freeport
From May 13 to 16 Honduras will be the site of a meeting of the main port operators and authorities in Central America and the Dominican Republic.
During that same period the Caribbean Shipping Association will be meeting in Freeport, Grand Bahama to discuss port and trade efficiency.
Neither has invited delegates from the Caribbean Maritime Exchange to participate in the discussion or recommend potential solutions. And the fact the two Caribbean bodies are meeting at the same time clearly indicates a major gap that must be overcome before the Caribbean Maritime community find a holistic solution to participation in Global Trade
The main topics of discussion at the Honduras event will include: Efficiency in Receiving Cargo and Ships, Optimization of the Supply Chain Process, Developments in Port Operations, Private Public Participation Processes, Uniform Processes for the Reception and Handling of Ships, Effects of Climate Change in Port Areas, Impact and Regulatory Compliance on Measures for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships in Port Operations (MARPOL), Port State Control of Illegal, Unreported and not Controlled Fishing, Development of the Cruise Industry, Maritime Security and Port Security, among other topics.
The meeting will involve representatives from leading operators and port authorities in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic, and major and recognized experts, to hear at first-hand the experiences and direct knowledge of the ports of the region.
For Honduras, and particularly for the ENP, the event is important given the transformation processes in Puerto Cortes, needed to improve flow and create an efficient supply chain in Honduras.