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New CSA President

Grantley Stephenson: New CSA President elected in San Juan

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The new President of the Caribbean Shipping Association is Jamaica’s Grantley Stephenson

Mr. Stephenson was elected on the first day of the CSA’s 42nd Annual General Meeting, Conference and Exhibition in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where about 300 maritime industry executives were in attendance. 

Hosted by the Puerto Rico Shipping Association, the conference was held at the La Concha (Renaissance) Resort over three days, October 15, 16 and 17.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Stephenson who is Chairman and CEO of Kingston Wharves Limited, said the successes of the CSA in recent years had “…strengthened our place on the world stage. Our continued success must be rooted in the profound principle of partnership and reliant on our deep sense of responsibility.” 

Remain creative

He said the CSA must remain creative and innovative in order to survive competitively in the ever-expanding realm of the shipping industry.

“We must redouble our efforts if we are to remain buoyant during these turbulent economic times,” he said. 

The new CSA President replaces Carlos Urriola-Tam, of Panama, who served the maximum three years allowed by the CSA Constitution. 

“I am committed to a leadership model that will allow me to serve as both your support and advocate,” said Mr. Stephenson.

Addressing CSA members in particular, the CSA President said: “As we continue to keep our fingers on the pulse of technological trends and developments within the industry, we must remain creative and innovative in order to survive competitively in the ever-expanding realm of the shipping industry. We must redouble our efforts if we are to remain buoyant during these turbulent economic times.”

Mr. Stephenson spoke about the CSA’s mission and its role in the development of the regional shipping industry. In his first policy statement as CSA President, he said he was fully prepared to build on the Association’s successes and to fulfil its mission and vision for the future.

“Our industry will need to be even more nimble in adapting to the changing consumption patterns, enabling us to tap into any opportunities that are available,” he said. “It is our resolve, creativity and receptivity to change that will ensure our success and distinguish us. In spite of the numerous challenges, I believe we are operating in the realm of unprecedented opportunities.

“It will be my mandate in the months ahead to drive the thinking around capitalising on our distinct and unique geographic location and environment as a region; innovating and diversifying our sources of growth to become ‘development ready’ in our respective territories.”

He said he intended to work diligently to nurture and develop relationships with the CSA membership.

“I will also endeavour to listen keenly and respond effectively to your concerns,” said Mr. Stephenson. “In the same vein, I anticipate your guidance and feedback.”