‘Big Data’ was high on the agenda at the 20th Annual General Meeting of the Port Management Association of the Caribbean (PMAC) which was held at the Grand Cayman Marriott on June 21-23.
The opening ceremony for the AGM kicked off with a prayer by Executive Secretary for PMAC, Glenn Roach, followed by the singing of the national song led by Miss Cayman Islands 2017, Anika Conolly.
Chief Officer for the Ministry of District Administration, Tourism and Transport, Stran Bodden, relayed apologies for the Minister of Tourism, Moses Kirkconnell.
In Kirkconnell’s absence, Bodden used the opportunity to speak on the island's recent cruise berthing developments.
Cayman Port Director, Clement Reid, also spoke on the islands' need for more capacity to accommodate larger cruise ships.
Other speakers of the morning included, Shipping Registry CEO, Joel Walton; Chairman and CEO of PMAC, Bishen John;and President of WISTA Cayman,Dorisley Jackson.
The opening session was followed by strategic sessions, in which delegates shared and heard of the importance of 'Big Data' in solving some of the challenges faced by the small ports of the region.
‘Big data’ was also described as an important consideration for the drafting of best practices that can enhance operational efficiency at ports and fuel growth.
Big data was also viewed by many of the delegates as vital to solving the ever-increasing challenges associated with the global environment.
The delegates also reviewed the Strategic Plan 2013-2017 and discussed future growth plans for member ports.
The last day of the AGM featured a number of technical sessions for the delegates.
The three-day annual general meeting concluded with an awards dinner on Friday evening.
PMAC members include: Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, Cayman Island, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Saint Martin, French Guyane, , Sint Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Turks and Caicos Islands.