Welcome to issue 21 of Caribbean Maritime, the official magazine of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA).
This new-look issue is published as we start a new year, a 12-month period when the CSA will gather in both Miami (in May) and Santo Domingo (in October).
The revamped CM will in future carry some regular features including port, company and personality profiles.
In this issue (and the next), however, we focus on Jamaica and the major changes at the top that have taken place in recent months at the Port Authority of Jamaica (Portjam). In this issue we interview the outgoing chairman, the Hon. Noel Hylton. In the next issue we talk to his successor, Prof Gordon Shirley, who has arrived in Duke Street after a distinguished academic career. Previously, Prof Shirley was Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies, Mona.
Elsewhere in Jamaica, the long-discussed Port Royal cruise port project has resurfaced. CM takes a hard look at this ambitious scheme and asks whether it will ever see the light of day.
Changes at the top at Portjam do not lessen the competition, and Kingston is sure to face more in the coming years. CM evaluates the prospects of one possible new rival, the port of Mariel in Cuba.
Our country profile is Venezuela, a sometimes troubled maritime destination but one where big investments are under way.